Park City $30 million recreation vote: Anyone for the bond? Or against the ballot measure?
City Hall seeks Parkites to draft arguments in support of and in opposition to the tax increase
There are many in Park City arguing in support of a City Hall ballot measure designed to raise monies to fund recreation improvements.
But little has been heard in opposition to a $30 million bond that will be on the Park City ballot in November.
City Hall is soliciting statements from a supporter and an opponent of the ballot measure as the fall election season starts. The statements will be put online and read at an unspecified public meeting with a discussion about the ballot measure on the agenda.
Someone who is an eligible voter inside the Park City limits may make a formal request to write an argument in support or in opposition with the City Hall election office by 5 p.m. on Sept. 18. The election officer would select one person for each argument if more than one want to draft either of the statements. The deadline for the submittal of the statements is 5 p.m. Sept. 22. The statements are limited to a maximum of 500 words.
The two writers will then be given the statements drafted by the others and are given the opportunity to provide 250-word rebuttals.
If approved by voters, the ballot measure, authorized by the Park City Council in August, would provide the funds for a range of recreation upgrades. They are expected to include projects like the expansion of the fitness offerings at the Park City Municipal & Athletic Center, pickleball courts at the Park City Sports Complex and other upgrades at the complex like an outdoor ice sheet with refrigeration and a training area for Nordic skiers.
The property tax increase is estimated to be $137.20 annually on a residence categorized as primary residence and having a value of a little more than $2.3 million. The figure is $249.46 annually on a residence categorized as non-primary or a commercial property valued at the same dollar figure. The bonds would be paid off over 20 years.
More information about the submitting the statements in support or opposition is available on the City Hall website, http://www.parkcity.org. The direct address is http://www.parkcity.org/Home/Components/News/News/42623/23. Those wanting to draft a statement may contact Michelle Kellogg, the election officer at City Hall, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the ballot measure is available on the municipal public-engagement website at: https://engageparkcity.org/pcrecreation.
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