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Vashon-Maury Island Park and Recreation District

Proposition No. 1

Park District Levy Renewal for 2020 through 2023

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. 19-30?

Yes

No


Passage of Proposition 1 would authorize the Vashon-Maury Island Park and Recreation District (Vashon Park District) to levy annually for four years excess 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 2020 and 2023. The tax rate of approximately $0.45 per $1,000 of assessed value projected for the first year of collection in 2020 would equate to $225.00 per year (or $18.75 per month) for a $500,000 home.

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’s 530 acres and 48 properties are utilized by thousands of islanders on a daily basis. Your vote keeps them open. Point Robinson, Village Green, Community Pool, VES and Agren Playing Fields, Ober Park, Paradise Ridge Park, Tramp Harbor Pier, Burton Adventure Recreation Center, etc. are each VPD properties forming the recreational heart and soul of the island.
 
Vashon voters approved the current levy at 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2015. This new levy will replace that at 45 cents – which is the equivalent of less than $19 per month for a $500,000 property. This levy is required to fund the Park District from 2020 – 2023. If this levy doesn’t pass, our parks and facilities will close.
 
The Vashon Park District has worked hard to get back on solid financial footing and today is debt free. The most recent state-run audit in December 2018 stated, “District operations complied with applicable state laws, regulations, and its own policies, and provided adequate controls over the safeguarding of public resources.”
 
More information on this levy and how your tax dollars will be spent, can be found here:  https://www.vashonparks.org/.  We appreciate your support.

Karl Stetson, Katherine Spelman, karl.stetson@yahoo.com

60% yes vote and either (1) a minimum of 1,829 yes votes or (2) a minimum turnout of 3,048 voters (RCW 36.69.145)

Elaine Ott-Rocheford, Executive Director, 206-463-9602, eott@vashonparks.org

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