Support Selah’s Aquatic Center on the August 6th, 2019 ballot!

 

Thank you for your interest in the Selah Aquatic Center and the M&O Levy on our August 6, 2019 ballot. Here’s the information you need to know about this tax measure: 

  • The Selah Aquatic Center M&O Levy on the 8/6/19 ballot is a regular property tax levy pursuant to RCW 36.68.525.

  • The levy would provide the funds necessary to operate the Selah Aquatic Center.

  • The levy would have a 6-year term running from 2020 through 2025.

  • The levy would have a maximum tax rate of 0.15 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

NOTE: If the cost of operations at the Selah Aquatic Center are lower than projected, or, if the revenues are greater, then the tax rate would be lower than 0.15 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The Selah Park & Recreation Service Area Board must vote on the tax rate for each year of the 6-year term.

  • The Selah Park & Recreation Service Area (SPRSA) Board voted to put this levy on the 8/6/19 ballot because voter-supported levies are the only source of operational revenue for the Selah Aquatic Center.

  • The SPRSA exists to increase the base of financial support for recreational facilities and programs beyond the City limits to the entire Selah School District. This reduces the cost per household.

  • All taxes collected would be held in a dedicated account managed by the Yakima County Treasurer’s office. 

  • Only the SPRSA Board has the authority to spend tax revenues generated by this levy; a claims request must be prepared with the signatures of the SPRSA Auditing and Investing Officers. 

  • Effective Summer 2019, SPRSA is responsible for operations at the Selah Aquatic Center. The SPRSA Board aims to provide a fun, safe and positive experience for all.

 


History of SPRSA
In case you are curious about the history of the Selah Park & Recreation Service Area, here’s a review: 

  • November 2001: Area voters approved the creation of the Selah Park & Recreation Service Area (SPRSA) and the 7-member community Board that manages all SPRSA activities. The SPRSA exists to increase the base of financial support for recreational facilities and programs beyond the City limits to the entire Selah School District. This reduces the cost per household.

  • August 2012: A remarkable 78.2% of area voters approved a 6-year M&O Levy to support operations at the Selah Pool at Wixson Park. This levy kept the Selah Pool open through Summer 2018.

  • November 2015: Area voters approved a $6.2 million bond to build a new Selah Aquatic Center. Planning and design work for the new facility began in early 2016. These bond funds are currently being used to finance construction of the Aquatic Center.

  • August 2017: A one-year special excess property tax Levy did not receive the required supermajority of voters’ approval. This delayed construction by one year. 

  • July 2018: The City of Selah and SPRSA signed a lease for the land at Wixson Park allowing construction to get underway in September 2018 despite the lack of a levy.

  • August 2018: A 6-year, replacement M&O Levy fell approximately 42 votes shy of the required supermajority of voters’ support. This left SPRSA without a source of operational funding - until a levy is passed.

  • October 2018: Construction began on the Selah Aquatic Center.

  • Fall 2018: Current - A community-wide fundraising effort brought in enough donations to open the Selah Aquatic Center for a short season in Summer 2019 once construction is complete. 

 

Still have questions? Please send an email to sprsainfo@gmail.com. We’ll respond quickly.

 

With appreciation,

 

Kelliann Ergeson
Chairperson, Selah Park & Recreation Service Area Board

 

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