South Suburban Parks and Recreation asks voters to extend tax, approve bond to complete maintenance on aging rec center


Voters living in the six communities served by the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District will be asked next month in a special election to approve taxes and bond debt to build recreation facilities and complete vital maintenance on an aging recreation center.

Voters’ approval of the extended bond debt and mill levy tax extensions won’t increase property taxes, however. Ballot Issue 4B asks voters if the parks and rec. district can extend a 1-mill levy tax approved in 2010 and a 2-mill levy tax approved in 2014 for all future operating years.

“It’s not a new tax, but in order to be a sustainable recreation district we need to make sure that we have these funds going into the future,” said Rob Hanna, South Suburban’s executive director. “The voters have shown confidence in the district for many years, and we’re hoping to continue that now.”

The two taxes were set to expire in three and seven years respectively, but the district’s board of directors decided to ask voters to extend them now so they can better plan to meet present and future needs. About 150,000 people currently use the parks and rec. facilities, data show.

“Each year we probably get a few thousand more people, and some of our facilities are maxed out and a little more outdated,” Hanna said. “We need to brush them off and do some renovations so we can keep up with the demand as well as the trends.”

Money raised through the two tax extensions would be used to improve trails, repair playgrounds and recreation facilities, replace outdated machines and equipment with renewable energy options and maintain and conserve natural areas, open space and parks.

For example, parks leaders want to maintain and improve South Platte Park and Carson Nature Center at 3000 W. Carson Drive in …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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