Voters overwhelmingly approve issues 4B and 4C
South Suburban Park and Recreation District (SSPRD) is celebrating voter approval of Ballot Issues 4B and 4C; although District residents are the real winners.
On Tuesday, November 7, 79% of those who voted in the District approved 4B, an extension of the District’s 1-mill levy, approved in 2010; and the District’s 2-mill levy, approved in 2014. They were due to expire in 2020 and 2024 respectively. If not extended, tax revenue for maintenance and operations would have been reduced 40% over the next seven years. Additionally, 70% of voters approved 4C, allowing the District to extend the existing bond repayment mill levy to support additional capital projects.
“This is a huge and important win. We are very pleased with the results of the election, and we thank the voters of the District for their continuing trust and support of South Suburban,” said South Suburban Board Chair John Ostermiller. “I believe the positive outcome reflects the high level of confidence residents have in South Suburban, its staff, and the District’s overall contributions to the south metro area.”
The passage of 4B means SSPRD can budget well into the future to continue to maintain and conserve natural areas, open space and parks throughout the District; as well as maintain and improve walking, biking and hiking trails, such as the High Line Canal, Lee Gulch, Mary Carter Greenway, Big Dry Creek, and Willow Creek.
4B also allows for repairing and improving existing parks, recreation facilities and playgrounds, and replacing outdated mechanical equipment with new energy saving systems, including renewable energy; and saving water by replacing inefficient irrigation systems in parks.
4C enables SSPRD to focus on building and enhancing park, trail and recreation amenities throughout the District, improving recreation facilities; and the construction of a new indoor multi-generational facility with indoor turf fields, Pickleball and other amenities.
Potential bond projects tied to the passage of 4C include major improvements to Goodson Recreation Center; improvements to 10 playgrounds; upgrades to several tennis courts; renovations to athletic fields and new trail projects. For a complete list of potential projects visit, http://bit.ly/2018-bond-projects.
“All in all, it’s a win-win for residents and the District. We’re excited to plan for the future and move forward on projects related to sustainability and trail connections, as well as facility enhancements. We are very grateful to have earned the trust of our residents,” said South Suburban’s Executive Director Rob Hanna.