Tigard City Parks Bond Measure (November 2010)

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A Tigard City Parks Bond Measure No. 34-181 was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the city of Tigard, which is in Washington County.[1]

This measure was approved

  • YES 9,122 (52.2%)Approveda
  • NO 8,352 (47.8%)[2]

City of Tigard Parks Bond Measure No. 34-181 was a measure to acquire and preserve open spaces, water quality, habitat, and parks. A similar measure that was narrowly defeated called City of Tigard General Obligation Bond (November 2009) was on the ballot in 2009, and in 2010 the City has reduced funds needed by 15%. The measure sought to obtain funds for the City of Tigard, or to purchase land that is currently available and transform it into parks and open space. Since this $17 million bond measure was approved, at least 80 percent of the money would be used to acquire, preserve and protect open spaces, fish and wildlife habitat, water quality in creeks and streams, and parkland. About 100 properties have been evaluated.

Since this was approved, the proceeds from the bond measure will:

Acquire, Preserve and Protect Land for:

  • Open space and natural areas.
  • Fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Creeks and streams.
  • An interconnected system of regional and local off- road trails and paths that link together neighborhoods, parks, natural areas, schools, commercial centers, and recreational facilities.
  • Future neighborhood and community parks.

Create and Improve:

  • Community parks, recreational areas and trails.
  • New and expanded facilities in existing and new neighborhood and community parks throughout Tigard.
  • Facilities on newly acquired neighborhood and community park land.
  • Trails and pathways to connect existing trail segments and provide new links throughout the City.

The cost to property owners within the City of Tigard if the measure passes would be:

  • 29 cents per $1,000 of assessed value in the first year of the 20 year bond repayment.
  • For the average homeowner (median assessed value of $207,000), the total annual cost would be approximately $60 in the first year.
  • Annual property tax rate to property owners would decline over time as assessed value of property increases.

Prioritization of projects would be subject to oversight by the Tigard Parks and Recreation Board and all spending of funds collected under this measure would be subject to audit as part of the City’s annual audit.

Updated information: After meeting on Tuesday, October 12, the Tigard City Council agreed to purchase three land parcels adjacent to the Summer Creek property if Measure No. 34-181 passes at the general election on November 2, 2010. The properties identified by City Council are adjacent to Summer Creek, locally known as the Fowler property, near Fowler Middle School and are along Tigard Street.

Since this measure was passed, the Parks Bond will allow the City to acquire the land to conserve open spaces, water quality, habitat, and to create publicly owned parks. All purchases will be subject to audit as part of the City’s annual audit, and prioritization of projects would be subject to oversight by the Tigard Park and Recreation Advisory Board. The City has been working in conjunction with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to acquire properties as outlined in the Parks System Master Plan.

Additionally, the Parks Bond will allow for extending the Fanno Creek trail so a cyclist, jogger or walker could loop from Tigard to Beaverton to Tualatin. It will also provide funding for turning an unused railroad track easement into a green belt in as little as 6 months.

References

  1. The Times, "Tigard Parks Bond will be on November Ballot," July 29, 2010 [1]
  2. The Oregonian, "Tigard City Council Puts Parks Bond to Voters this November," July 28, 2010 [2]