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Park levy could be placed on November ballot

The Vashon Park District board will discuss its upcoming levy election, including how much money to ask for and when to put its proposal on the ballot, at a special Aug. 4 meeting.

The governmental entity is fully funded by the maintenance and operations levy. The current four-year levy cycle, which expires next year, taxes Vashon property owners 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value.

Executive director Wendy Braicks said the board is weighing whether to put forth a levy proposal of the same rate or a rate of 50 cents per $1,000.

The park district’s levy brought in a little more than $1 million this year, funding maintenance and operations of the district as well as a few capital projects.

If the district taxed property owners 45 cents, it would likely get about $1.3 million annually, Braicks said. At 50 cents, the district could have an annual budget of $1.49 million. But Braicks noted that property values are in flux — when values fall, so does the amount the district collects.

The board aims to place the levy proposal on the November ballot. The board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Ober Park.

 

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