Happy Valley residents vote to approve taxes for parks
On May 15 Happy Valley voters agreed with the city's proposal to maintain the tax rate of 54 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for parks for the next five years.
Voters were approving Measure 3-526's levy by a 70.4-to-29.6 percent margin in initial election results.
Happy Valley officials said they need the funds due to the city's action last year to withdraw from the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD). Starting July 1, NCPRD will no longer assess its permanent district tax rate within Happy Valley, where the median home has been paying approximately $160 a year in annual property taxes to NCPRD.
According to an explanatory summary provided by the city to the county elections office, Happy Valley will use the funds to provide future recreation programs, and to build and maintain fields, playgrounds, trails, picnic shelters and other amenities at city-owned parks. The city would raise more than $1.6 million annually for parks and recreation with the passage of the measure.
Happy Valley residents will be considered out-of-district participants for NCPRD programs that begin on or after July 1, so they'll have to pay higher fees to take classes at the Milwaukie Center or to use the North Clackamas Aquatic Park starting this summer.
Areas within the district include the city of Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Jennings Lodge and various other areas of unincorporated Clackamas.