April 29, 2014
County Parks, Recreation and Golf
In the Tuesday, April 29th, edition of The Spokesman-Review, the article “Spokane Offers Up Tax Plan”, contains misinformation that must be corrected. The article details the City of Spokane's ballot proposal for refinancing roads and parks. It was reported in error that voters would, "likely also see a separate $45 million Spokane County Parks Measure on the fall ballot."
To clarify – two weeks ago (April 15th), County staff presented a preliminary proposal to the Board of County Commissioners at an open, public meeting. The proposal includes plans for improvements and updates to Spokane County’s existing community and regional parks, completion of partially developed parks including Bidwell Park and Prairie View Park, finishing enhancements planned for Spokane County’s Northside and Southside Family Aquatic Facilities, the creation of a new regional softball/sports complex near Interstate 90 and Barker Road, and financing for an indoor Fieldhouse/Sports Complex on the north side of Riverfront Park that would be owned and operated by the Spokane Public Facilities District. The Fieldhouse project would be built on park land that is owned by the City of Spokane; which means it requires the support of the Spokane City Park Board.
Meanwhile, at the direction of the County Commissioners, staff continues to gather information that will be presented at a later date for the Board’s consideration. Any decision on a countywide levy will probably not be finalized until later this year. This means that if the County Commissioners agree to put funding for park improvements on the ballot – it will not be on the Fall 2014 ballot. It could appear on the April 2015 ballot – or even later.
The error in today’s newspaper article is troubling at a time when Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf is working closely with the City of Spokane Parks Department to not confuse voters regarding the two ballot measures.
To learn more about the Spokane County Parks Levy Lid Lift concept being considered for 2015, including a list of projects and estimated costs, please go to www.spokanecounty.org/parks and click on the “view the proposed project list”. For additional information, contact Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf at (509) 477-4730.
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