EUGENE, Ore. — Special elections take place on November 5, and key issues from around western Oregon will appear on the ballot.
In Eugene, the River Road Park and Recreation District is asking voters for funding. The district says it’s nearing the end of a five-year operation levy.
Voters passed the existing levy in 2008 during the recession and the district is asking them to renew it. They say the district serves about 170,000 people every year and it’s all made possible due to that operating levy.
Renewing the levy would charge 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for the first year. The owner of a $150,000 home would pay about $70 each year and that would gradually increase to about $80 in the fifth year. The money would be used to offset the rising cost of utilities.
“The money will go towards operating costs. Our heating costs, our water, our electric. Our fees and charges go towards our staff and everything,” said River Road Park and Recreation District Superintendent Dale Weiglandt.
The money would also offset the revenue the district lost when some of its residents were required to annex to the city of Eugene. The recreation center says many of its programs will be in jeopardy if the levy isn’t renewed.