Tigard-Tualatin Aquatic District Measure (May 2010)
This measure was approved
- YES 13,212 (70.05%)
- NO 5,650 (29.95%)
The measure called for the creation of an independent aquatic district to operate two pools in the Tigard-Tualatin School District. Additionally a tax levy, 9 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, will be imposed for residents within the new district.
According to school district officials it costs a total of $500,000 to operate both pools annually. And in light of a decline in revenue, district Superintendent Rob Saxton said that closing one or both of the pools would allow the district to rehire staff that had been laid-off earlier in the year. In order to keep both pools open, a group of residents formed Save the Tigard-Tualatin Pools and have proposed creating a special aquatic district. The district would affect only the cities in the Tigard-Tualatin School District. If this measure is not approved, the pools will be shut down on July 1. If this measure is approved, voters will also pick five people to serve on the district's board to manage operations. Advocates are pushing hard to keep the pools open and approve this district. They state that the pools form a vital part in the community and without them patrons will have to look elsewhere, even out of the city, for pools to use.
- Save the Tigard-Tualatin Pools, official website
- Washington County Elections, May Election Results Summary
- Tigard Times, "Cities approve ballot measure for swimming pools," August 13, 2009
- The Oregonian, "Economic pinch poses threat to district pools," August 6, 2009
- The Orgonian, "Voters will decide whether to keep pools open by forming Tigard-Tualatin Aquatic District," May 1, 2010