Tacoma Park and Recreation Levy Increase (April 2010)

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A Tacoma Park and Recreation Levy Increase was on the April 27, 2010 ballot in the city of Tacoma which is in Pierce County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 21,651 (68.19%)Approveda
  • NO 10,099 (31.81%)[1]

This measure sought to increase local property taxes by $.75 per $1,000 is assessed value in order to help pay for the maintenance and operational costs of local parks.[2] Park officials noted that unless this tax is approved, cuts to programs and services offered at the parks would be inevitable. Local students often use the facilities as after school programs. Park officials have already made cuts due to previous budget shortfalls, but hope further ones will not be needed.[3]

Text of Measure

The text of the measure reads as follows:

Park and Recreation Maintenance and

Operations Levy
The Board of Park Commissioners of the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma, Washington adopted Resolution No. RR9-10 concerning ongoing parks and recreation maintenance, operations and security. If approved, this proposition would fund basic safety and maintain neighborhood parks and restrooms, children’s playgrounds, playfields and family community centers; preserve waterfront access, trails, greenspaces, lakes and Point Defiance Park/Zoo; and continue sports and recreation programs for children and families. This proposition increases the District’s property tax levy rate to $0.75 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2011, as allowed by RCW 84.55. This levy rate shall be used to calculate subsequent levy limits. Should this proposition be approved?