Levy hanging on by thread

Voters in the Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District were approving a six-year tax levy to maintain and operate its three parks and swimming pool by a slim margin, returns show.

The levy needs 60 percent to pass and was hanging on with 62.220 percent.

Traditionally, commissioners have sought a two-year levy in which the district receives all the tax revenue the first year and uses it through the second year. District commissioners decided to float a longer-term levy so a steady stream of revenue comes in each year, enabling better capital planning, said John Pirie, the district board's treasurer.

The proposal calls for a levy rate of 45 cents per $1,000, generating approximately $51,000 over each of the six years. The proposal would cost the owner of a $210,000 home - the average price in the district - $94.50 a year.