To raise $2.5 million, SARC to put levy on February ballot

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM –– Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center will ask voters in February to approve a maintenance and operations levy aimed at raising nearly $2.5 million over the next six years.

Clallam County Park and Recreation District No. 1 board of commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday evening to put the levy question on the ballot.

It would be expected to generate about $416,000 for each of the next six years.

The facility, which is known by the acronym SARC, has operated without tax funding since 2003.

If approved, property owners within the park district would pay 12 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value for each of the next six years.

A 12-cent levy would add about $26.04 to the annual property tax bill of the owner of a $217,000 house, the average value in the district.

Built with a $2 million voter-approved bond in 1988, SARC has more than 3,000 members from across the North Olympic Peninsula and draws nearly 250,000 visitors each year.

A full report will appear in Friday's Peninsula Daily News.

Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at

Last modified: July 09. 2014 11:27PM
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