Voters Defeat Tax to Preserve Foothill Land

From Times Staff Reports

Duarte voters firmly said no to a special tax that would have cost most homeowners $48 a year to save foothill land in their city from housing developments, final ballot counts showed.

Nearly 25% of registered voters turned out for the special election Tuesday, with 59% or 1,554 of them voting against Measure A.

The Duarte City Council put the issue before voters after a 25-member task force recommended that the city use the tax funds as seed money to help buy more than 700 acres of foothill land, some slated for development.

Opponents had argued that the city should work with developers on land conservation issues rather than tax citizens.

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