PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that on February 20, 2018, the City of Happy Valley Elections Officer received a ballot title for a measure referred by the Happy Valley City Council to voters at the May 15, 2018 election.
Any elector may file a petition for review of the ballot title with the Clackamas County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2018 (the 7th business day after the ballot title was filed with the City Elections Officer) under ORS 250.296. The elector must notify the City Elections Official (City Recorder) in writing that the petition has been filed. That notice must be given no later than 5:00 p.m. on the next business day following the day the petition is filed.
The ballot title is:
CAPTION: APPROVAL OF HAPPY VALLEY PARKS AND RECREATION LEVY FOR FIVE-YEARS
QUESTION: Shall Happy Valley beginning Fiscal Year 2018/19 maintain tax rate of $0.54/$1,000 for parks and recreation services for five years?
This measure may cause property taxes to increase more than three percent.
SUMMARY: This measure will not increase taxes. Instead, this measure maintains the previous rate imposed by the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD), but directs the funds raised by the levy to the City.
In 2018, the City assumed the role of the parks and recreation provider from NCPRD. Previously, residents paid property taxes to NCPRD at the rate of $0.54/$1,000 of assessed value (approximately $160/year for the median home with a market value of $425,300 and an assessed value of $295,584). Residents no longer pay this tax to NCPRD. If approved, this measure would impose a levy at the same rate, but would direct the funds raised by the levy to the City rather than NCPRD.
A “yes” vote provides the City with revenue dedicated to build and maintain fields, playgrounds, trails, picnic shelters, and amenities at city-owned parks. The revenue will also provide future recreation programs.
A “no” vote results in the City not having revenue dedicated to build and maintain park amenities 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 2018/19: $1,600,000; FY 2019/20: $1,696,000; FY 2020/21: $1,797,760; FY 2021/22: $1,905,626; FY 2022/23: $2,019,963.
For more information, please contact the City Recorder/City Elections Officer at (503) 783-3836.
Posted on our website, at Happy Valley City Hall, Happy Valley Library and Happy Valley Park on February 21, 2018.
Published in the Oregonian on February 23, 2018.