Elections

Tumwater voters narrowly approving parks proposal

Before Tuesday’s election, the city of Tumwater sent a mailer about Proposition 1 to residents.
Before Tuesday’s election, the city of Tumwater sent a mailer about Proposition 1 to residents. Rolf Boone

Tumwater residents were approving the formation of a city parks district in early returns Tuesday.

So far, the ballot count was 3,650 in favor of the proposition and 3,425 against — a margin of 51.6 percent to 48.4 percent.

If approved, the city will levy 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, raising about $1.5 million annually. Later, it will increase the tax to the maximum of 75 cents per $1,000, raising $2.5 million a year, The Olympian reported.

At the 45-cent level, the owner of a $287,000 home will pay about $11 per month toward the parks district.

One goal of the city is to raise money for a community center. Other plans: creating four neighborhood parks, adding restrooms to existing parks, and expanding the Deschutes River Valley Trail.

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