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Council Corner

Council Corner – Parks and Recreation Levy

A few weeks ago, the City Council approved a resolution referring to the voter’s consideration for the renewal of a five-year parks and recreation levy.

Over the course of the next several weeks, the City will be drafting fact-based educational materials about the levy. In the meantime, here is what’s expected to appear on the ballot:

CAPTION:                            APPROVAL OF HAPPY VALLEY PARKS AND RECREATION LEVY FOR FIVE YEARS

QUESTION:                         Shall Happy Valley maintain levy rate of $0.54/$1,000 for parks and recreation services for five years beginning Fiscal Year 2023/24?

This measure renews current local option taxes.

SUMMARY:                         This measure will not increase taxes. It would renew a local option levy that City voters approved in 2018.

All funds collected would be spent on parks and recreation programs in Happy Valley.

The City’s park and recreation services are funded exclusively by this local option levy. This proposed levy maintains the rate of $0.54/$1,000 of assessed value (approximately $199/year for the median home with a market value of $550,000 and an assessed value of $368,500).

If approved, this levy would provide the City with a dedicated revenue source for maintaining the fields, playgrounds, trails, picnic shelters, and other amenities at city-owned parks. In addition, these dollars may be used in combination with grants and development fees for the design and purchase of future parks and trails. Finally, funds would help offset the costs of recreation programs such as summer camps, activity classes, and community events.

Should this levy fail, the City would not have enough resources to maintain the parks or provide recreation programs.

The amount of funds raised by this proposed levy for each of the next five fiscal years is estimated to be as follows: FY 2023/24: $2,040,000; FY 2024/25: 2,140,000; FY 2025/26: $2,250,000; 2026/27: $2,360,000; FY 2027/28: $2,480,000.

In the coming months, the City Council, Parks Advisory Committee members, and City staff members will be out in the community providing more information on this measure. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, contact Ben Bryant, Assistant City Manager at 503-886-8440 or [email protected].