Vancouver City Park District Levy Measure (November 2012)

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A Vancouver City Park District Levy measure was on the November 6, 2012 election ballot in Clark County, which is in Washington, where it was defeated.

If approved, this measure would have authorized the creation and support of the Metropolitan Park District. It also authorizes a general property tax to fund the operation and establishment of the District. The initial property tax levy would be thirty-five cents per thousand dollars of assessed value, and would assist in restoring and preserving existing parks and recreation programs by providing a dedicated funding source.[1][2]

Election results

Vancouver City Park Levy Prop.
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No34,52166.28%
Yes 17,561 33.72%

Election results from Clark County Election Department.

Text of measure

Language on the ballot:

The Vancouver City Council passed Resolution No. M-3777 to allow voters to decide whether to create the “Vancouver Metro politan Park District,” to be governed by the Vancouver City Council as the ex officio board of park commissioners. If created, the metropolitan park district would have all the powers under Chapter 35.61 RCW, including the authority to levy a general tax on property not to exceed the statutory maximum to support parks and recreation services. Shall the Vancouver Metropolitan Park District be so created and governed?
  • For the formation of the metropolitan park district, to be governed by the City Council of the City of Vancouver as the ex officio board of parks commissioners.
  • Against the formation of the metropolitan park district[1][3]

Support

Statement for:

Keep your Parks Active, Clean, and Safe - Vote Yes Yes for Vancouver parks! Vancouver's parks, trails, and recreation facilities are a treasured resource that touches each and every one of us. Whether it's families gathering at the park, the crack of a bat at one of our ball fields, a stroll along our trails, or the splash from one of our community center pools, our parks and programs are a cornerstone of our quality of life. Yes for Healthy Kids - of All Ages! Parks and Recreation programs touch the lives of all our citizens, from activities for our seniors, to after school and sports programs for our kids and classes for those with disabilities. These programs are essential to help keep our community healthy, active and strong. Save Our Parks and Quality Life! Over the past decade our parks and recreation department has suffered more than any other City department - millions have been cut and only half of the employees remain. These cuts mean less access to activities, sports and parks for our kids, seniors and citizens of all ages. Formation of a Metropolitan Parks District. A Yes Vote will send a message to our elected officials letting them know we care about our parks system and want to protect it from further.[2][3]


Opposition

This statement against the measure is taken from the Clark County Elections voter guide:

Statement against:

The new MPD is more than just a park district. It is a taxing district with broad powers and no guaranteed accountability. The proposed rate is $.35/1000 but can be permanently hiked to $.75/1000 without your vote. Your no vote will stop this tax hike. They will have the right to take your land by eminent domain to build, add, or change parklands. They can build boulevards, airstrips and more and put you, the taxpayer into debt without your consent. And, they can create a park police department with full police powers. Furthermore, the revenue that is raised by this proposal, does not necessarily lead to more money for parks. The money now earmarked for parks in the General Funds could be used for other purposes. The result is a classic Bait and Switch. Vote no.

Written by: Lynda Wilson: LyndaDWils@gmaiI.com, TruthBeToldClarkCo.com

Our mayor says public pensions are on an unsustainable curve. Seventy percent (70%) of this department's budget is compensation related. Shouldn't the city be revamping this department's compensation plan to save us money before asking to set up a separate taxing district? If there are existing union contracts in place let's wait until they expire and then revisit this proposal. Police and fire, jobs required to save lives, probably deserve taxpayer supported retirement plans; most other city employees deserve the same level of compensation their private sector jobs offer. Do you want a tennis center or do you need police and fire protection?

Written by: Kevin J. McCann: kevinmccann@ymail.com[2][3]


See also



References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Clark County Elections, Sample ballot
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Clark County Elections, Voter Guide
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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