Measure 3-526: The Happy Valley Parks Levy
A parks and recreation levy, Measure 3-526, has been referred to the ballot for voters’ consideration.
If the parks levy passes, a property tax rate of $0.54 per $1,000 would be assessed. This is the same tax rate that was assessed when North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) maintained the parks and recreation programs, and all funds collected would be spent on parks in Happy Valley. If the measure passes, this would be in addition to the city’s permanent tax rate of $0.67 per $1,000 of assessed value. If the measure does not pass, taxpayers would not pay $0.54 per $1,000 to either parks provider (The City of Happy Valley or NCPRD) and parks maintenance and recreation programs would be reduced or eliminated.
Ballots will be in your mailbox by April 25 and due May 15, 2018.
Why has the levy been referred to the ballot for voter consideration?
Starting in 2018, the City of Happy Valley assumed the role of the parks and recreation provider from NCPRD. Previously, residents paid property taxes to NCPRD at the rate of $0.54 per $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). The City is now responsible for the management of parks and recreation. The City Council referred this measure to the voters after also considering a monthly park and recreation fee. If the levy passes, all funds would be spent on parks in Happy Valley.
Quick facts about the levy:
• If the measure passes, the revenue would be earmarked to build and maintain fields, playgrounds, trails, picnic shelters, and other items (including water fountains, bathroom facilities, etc.) at city-owned parks. The revenue would provide funding for future recreation programs such as community events, summer camps, youth and adult sports and activities.
• If the parks levy does not pass, taxpayers would not pay $0.54 per $1,000 to either parks provider (the City of Happy Valley or NCPRD) and parks maintenance and recreation programs would be reduced or eliminated. There would not be funding available to build and maintain fields, playgrounds, trails, picnic shelters, and other items (including water fountains, bathroom facilities, etc.) at city-owned parks or provide recreation programs such as community events, summer camps, youth and adult sports and activities.
• The levy will be effective for 5 years. Similar to the public safety levy, the levy would be put on the ballot for the voters’ consideration after 5 years.
• Happy Valley’s permanent tax rate is $0.67 per $1,000 of assessed property value. See the chart below for how our tax rates compare with other cities in the region.
About the Parks Levy
The City of Happy Valley is asking voters to consider Measure 3-526, a parks and recreation levy. If the measure passes, the tax assessed would be the same rate that was previously levied by North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) which is $0.54 per $1000 of assessed property value. The funds collected would be used for parks in Happy Valley.
You can learn more about the Parks Levy:
Check out the new Master Parks Plan!
On December 19, 2017, City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Master Parks Plan and Ordinance 534 was signed into effect.
The Parks, Recreation & Open Space Plan is based on input received throughout the planning process, from city staff and officials, the Parks Advisory Committee and community members and stakeholders. The plan includes parks planning goals and objectives, a map of potential new parks sites, and a prioritized list of parks facilities and amenities to guide decision makers as they plan for parks over the coming decade.
The video below was created during the Master Plan process, when Happy Valley residents were asked to share their thoughts on parks in the city.
We value your input – please continue to stay engaged in Happy Valley’s Parks and Recreation process! In the coming months, the City will be out in the community providing more information on the parks levy. We will also be sharing information and updates on Facebook, Twitter, and on our website.
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