Snyderville Basin voters to decide on bond
Voters in Summit County have historically supported bonds to improve recreation and trails in the district.
In a couple of weeks, voters in the Snyderville Basin neighborhoods will again have the opportunity to vote on the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District’s $25 million general obligation bond.
Of the total bond amount, $15 million is focused on open space acquisitions and the remaining $10 million will fund other projects such as the expansion of recreational facilities, $2 million to be earmarked specifically for trail improvements and a possible State Road 224 crossing. If the bond is successful, it will raise $5.5 million for a Fieldhouse expansion and $2.5 million for a potential expansion for the Park City Ice Arena, a joint project with Park City.
If voters in the 84098 zip code approve the measure, a primary resident in the Snyderville Basin will pay approximately $19.25 per year more in taxes, per each $100,000 of a primary home’s market value, according to information from the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District.
District director Rena Jordan said the Basin Open Space Advisory Committee has a plan in place for future open space purchases and has been working with various entities to leverage additional funding.
"We really do have a plan and a strategy for the best use of those dollars," Jordan said. "We’ve strategized really well where this money will go and how we can best leverage all the tax payer’s money so it is extended to the best degrees."
The committee, Jordan said, has worked collectively with Park City, the school district and the community to be able to get the most from the bond through partnerships and leveraging.
During a recent meeting for the Basin Open Space Advisory Committee, committee members said they have yet to receive any negative responses to the bond.
"We’ve had no organized negative reaction come to us," Jordan said. "We’ve fielded questions about who can vote and what the tax impact will be and I"ve also heard wishes for priorities for which open space they want us to buy."
Groundbreaking on the expansion of the Fieldhouse, which could add at least 20,000 square feet, could happen as early as spring. A potential pedestrian crossing at SR-224 could begin as early as next fall.
Based on community wants and needs, Jordan said she believes the bond is "quite diverse," allowing for projects that the community has expressed interest in.
For a specific list of projects under consideration, go to the district’s website: http://www.basinrecreation.org .
"With the trails component, the recreation facility and the potential ice component, the bond hits a lot of sweet spots that we can address," Jordan said. "And I think from the open space perspective, what’s really important is although it costs the tax payer money, it is buying out density."
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