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Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

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1989 Parks Tax Levy

The following measure appeared on the June 27, 1989 Special Election Ballot
 
THREE-YEAR SERIAL LEVY FOR YOUTH-ORIENTED PARK IMPROVEMENT CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION
 
Question: Shall Portland levy $2,433,334 outside tax base each year for three years beginning 1989-90 for constructing and operating park improvements?
 
PURPOSE
 
This measure would allow the City to levy taxes of $2,433,334 each year for three years. This levy is for park improvements. The focus will be on projects to serve youth. The proceeds would be used to construct and operate capital projects set out in the Park Futures Study. One, such project is to build or rebuild sixteen athletic fields for youth sports. Another is to build or fix five community centers and eight playgrounds. Included is the pool at Matt Dishman. The levy will fund improvements to make parks more safe. The money also will be used to develop or rebuild thirteen park sites. $6,400,000 is the planned cost of the improvements. The rest of the money is to operate these improvements after they are made.
 
The total sum of money that will be raised by the levy is $7,300,002. The levy: will expire in three years, It is estimated that the tax impact of this measure will be 16.6 cents per $ 1,000 of assessed value. , The estimated tax cost for the measure is an ESTIMATE ONLY. It is based on the best information from the County Assessor at the time of the estimate. The levy is outside the limitation.
 
AN ACT
 
A Measure directing a three-year serial tax levy within the City of Portland of $7,300,002 ($2,433,334 per year) outside constitutional limitations, commencing in fiscal year 1989-90, for constructing and operating park improvements.
 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF PORTLAND, OREGON
 
Section 1. Pursuant to Section 7-109 of the Charter of the City of Portland, the Council shall levy for each of three successive years commencing with the fiscal year 1989-90, at the time taxes are levied for the payment of expenses of the City, a special tax of $2,433,334 ($7,300,002 total) on all property in the City of Portland not exempt from taxation. The proceeds from such levy shall be placed in a special fund to be designated as the Parks System Improvements Fund. The money in this fund shall be expended only for the purpose of constructing, reconstructing, maintaining and operating improvements to the parks. This special levy is specifically authorized, and it shall not be counted as within the limitation provided by Section 11 of Article XI of the Constitution of the State of Oregon, and this special tax hereby specifically authorized shall be in addition to all others taxes that may be levied according to law.