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Vashon-Maury Island Park & Recreation District

Proposition No. 1
Park District Levy Renewal for 2024 through 2027

Shall the Vashon-Maury Island Park and Recreation District be authorized to impose a regular property tax levy of not more than $0.45 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation in each of 4 consecutive years to pay operation and maintenance costs associated with the District’s facilities, as provided in Resolution No. 23-01?



Passage of Proposition 1 would authorize the Vashon-Maury Island Park and Recreation District (Vashon Park District) to levy annually for four years regular property taxes to pay costs for operation and maintenance associated with the District’s facilities. This levy will replace the District’s expiring levy. 

The proposed four-year Maintenance and Operations Levy would authorize the collection of levy amounts estimated to be $0.45 per $1,000 of assessed value in each of the years between 2024 and 2027. The tax rate of approximately $0.45 per $1,000 of assessed value projected for the first year of collection in 2024 would equate to $45.00 per year (or $3.75 per month) for a $100,000 home. The $0.45 rate is a renewal of the District’s previous rate of $0.45; the rate is not an increase from the previous levy rate.

Exemptions from taxes may be available to homeowners who are 61 or older, or disabled, and who meet certain income requirements. For more information, call the King County Department of Assessments at 206-296-7300.

The Vashon Park District receives approximately 80% of its funding from Vashon taxpayers through property tax levies.   A Yes vote will secure funding for existing valuable parks and programs for the next four years.  A No vote will mean that the Park District will have to shut down its programs and access to its parks.


The Park District supports over 500 acres at 18 different parks providing a wide range of activities (including athletic fields for soccer, lacrosse, and football,  swimming, rowing, “concerts in the park”, skateboarding, children’s and elderly playgrounds, as well as lodging at Point Robinson and Fern Cove.)


The Vashon Park District is debt free and the Park Commissioners are extremely aware of, and sensitive to, the financial constraints affecting Vashon tax payers. This levy ($.45/$1000 of property assessed value) is a continuation of the current levy at the same rate.  An owner of a median valued Vashon home ($825,000) will pay $371 if the levy passes (based on assessed property valuations). 


If you wish the programs to remain open for you, your children, your grandchildren and the community to enjoy, please vote Yes.


Submitted by: Karen M. Gardner, Mike Spranger,

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

60% yes vote and either: (1) minimum “yes” vote of 60% of 40% of the number of voters voting in district at last general election, or (2) minimum voter turnout of 40% of number of district voters voting in district in last general election (RCW 36.69.145)

For questions about this measure, contact: Elaine Ott-Rocheford, Executive Director, (206) 463-9602,

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