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* 1. The state of California recently dismantled economic development agencies in an attempt to reduce the budget deficit. Within the past few years economic development funds in Riverside and Corona have helped create new recreation centers, public parks, and revitalization in several established neighborhoods resulting in better living spaces and safer environments for citizens. It is perhaps inevitable that other types of services will be eliminated as the state continues to cut costs. Yet, safe, “green”, open community spaces for recreation and access to thriving businesses are essential to healthy neighborhoods.

Although you may not pay anything in taxes right now to directly promote open spaces and public recreation areas with natural habitats, suppose a ballot initiative appeared next year to support the quality of these habitats, open spaces, and public recreation areas. Given that special assessments range from $4 to $65 and general levies in the area are in the neighborhood of $425:
What would you be willing to pay per year (in addition to all your other regular obligations) to retain the option of enjoying the same living and recreation spaces available to you today?

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* 2. Do you think this amount is more than what others are willing to pay?

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* 3. Suppose you have a view from your home that encompasses open space, trees, natural landscape, and other features of the environment. In fact, the view is one of the reasons you decided to live on this property. You receive notice that a developer has been granted permits to build immediately in your line of sight destroying your view.

If you were willing to go to court over the building issue to fight it and you had a 50% chance of losing the court case, how much would you be willing to pay in legal fees to protect your view?

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* 4. If the builder agreed to settle the case outside of court by compensating you for the "damage" of the lost view, how much would you require in payment to settle?

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* 5. Sustainability has become a buzzword in the last few years. However, the term means different things to different groups of people. One way of thinking about sustainability is to imagine the next generation (your children for example) having access to the same amount and the same quality of natural resources like water and land that we enjoy today. In California that might take a great deal of imagination as we regularly read about shortages in the supply of all types of resources--water being particularly scarce. If it was possible to create some type of "saving account" for the future where we could give up a portion of our own consumption in order to "save" it for our children:

What percentage of your own consumption would you be willing to give up today without sacrificing your entire standard of living?

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* 6. Do you think you are willing to give up more than the average person?

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* 7. What is the highest level of education you have obtained?

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* 8. What is your annual household income?

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* 9. Which category below includes your age?

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* 10. In what ZIP code is your home located? (enter 5-digit ZIP code; for example, 00544 or 94305)

 
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