Hearing Set on County-wide Park District Ballot Measure

MPD test ballot languageThe Mason County Commission will be holding an informal public hearing next Tuesday to take testimony on asking voters to form a Mason County
Metropolitan Parks District (MPD) in unincorporated Mason video iconCounty. The hearing came out of a Monday morning briefing during which the Commissioners and Friends of Mason County Parks discussed putting the question on the November General Election Ballot.

Park supporters would like to form the MPD which would be able to levy a 20-cent per thousand of assessed value tax on properties in unincorporated Mason County. The formation of a Metropolitan Parks District would provide a dedicated funding source for county parks instead of utilizing the County’s General Fund. Currently, the County spends about $550,000 of the General Fund on Parks with another $100,000 coming from Real Estate Excise Tax (REET). If formed, the MPD’s property tax levy is estimated to generate almost $1.3 Million.

This Parks District would be governed by a five-member elected commission. Voters would be asked to elected those five at-large commissioners on the same ballot as the formation of the MPD. A three-day special filing period would be held for those wishing to run for Parks Commissioner. If the County Commissioners decide to place the measure on the November 8th Ballot, that filing period would be held after the Primary Election.

The deadline to place a measure on the General Election Ballot is August 2nd.

A public hearing on placing the measure on the ballot is not required but the Commissioners want to hear from the public on the concept. The hearing is set for 9:30 AM, Tuesday, July 19th. Written comments are also welcome.