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Online Primary Voters' Pamphlet, August 6, 2013
Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District No. 1 - Proposition No. 1 - Property Tax Levy

Introduction to Local Measure -This page contains the local measure certified to appear on the August 6, 2013, Primary Election ballot. Only voters residing in this district will be eligible to vote on this measure.

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  Only voters residing within Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District will vote on this measure.  
Ballot Title:

Shall the Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District be authorized to impose regular property tax levies of $0.60 or less per thousand dollars of assessed valuation for each of six consecutive years?

Oval   Yes
Oval   No
Explanatory Statement:

The Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District has placed a levy on the August 6, 2013 Primary Election ballot that would authorize a six-year levy for the district at a rate not to exceed $0.60 per thousand dollars of assessed property value. This levy would allow the district to collect approximately $65,000 per year for each of the next six years beginning in 2014. The district tax levy provides the funds for the maintenance and operation of two parks and an outdoor pool facility within the Tanglewilde community. Using $180,000 as an average home value in the district, the total tax levy at $0.60 per thousand dollars of assessed property value would be $108.00.

Statement approved by: David Klumpp, Chief Civil Deputy, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Statement For:

Tanglewilde’s Unique Parks and Pool are a Neighborhood Tradition.
Since 1963, the property owners of Tanglewilde have operated parks and a swimming pool where all ages can enjoy safe and wholesome recreation in our community. A Parks and Recreation District consisting only of Tanglewilde residents was created, leaving property owners responsible for operational costs.

The District Commissioners have voted to run a six year levy, saving property owners money by decreasing the rate over the term. In addition, biannual election costs would be eliminated.

The Tanglewilde parks and pool are an integral part of our community, providing low cost, high benefit recreational areas for our families and neighbors. At an average annual cost of only $118 per household, the parks and pool provide healthy outdoor recreation activities and covered picnic areas year round, and supervised recreation and swimming during the summer months. They also increase the attractiveness of our homes to potential buyers and renters.

The funds provided by the levy also go to provide the upkeep and maintenance for the parks and pool and the signs at the entrance to our neighborhood, the utilities to keep our streets lit at night, and the insurance required to keep our parks and pool open to the public. Vote yes for our Parks and Pool Levy, and keep the tradition alive for the children and residents of our community.

Statement submitted by: Colin and Sharon Kriss

Statement Against:

No more taxes! We already pay for the parks/pool! We don’t need another tax upon us when they already take money out of our property taxes. This year, 2013 I am paying over $100 of my tax money to the park/pool. They are not managing the money well! Why should I pay another tax on top of the existing tax!! Enough!

Why pay to subsidize the commissioners! They are already paid and no need for more of our money to mismanage and squander! We don’t have any say in where the money goes or how it is spent! Why pay the salaries of the commissioners when we don’t get to voice where or how they spend our tax dollars!!

I don’t even use the parks anymore. My kids are too old for the parks, why should I have to pay all my hard earned money to support things I don’t even use!! It’s not fair! The pool has enough money already! We were members of the pool in the past and we had to pay an additional $150.00 to join the pool what about all the property tax money that we pay for the use of the pool!!! Just how much money does the commissioners need!!

Too many non-residents are using the pool and park as it is!!! This is our pool/parks!!! Why are we paying so much of our money to the overpaid commissioners and board when they allow outsiders into our pool/parks!!!! No More!!

Statement submitted by: Rich Tocher

Rebuttal of the Statement For:

The Against Committee did not submit a rebuttal statement.

Rebuttal of the Statement Against:

The For Committee did not submit a rebuttal statement.

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