Forks pool to go before judge

FORKS — Backers of an operations and maintenance levy that failed in the primary election will try to have the measure on the general election ballot.

It may not happen, though.

The Quillayute Valley Parks and Recreation Board of Directors didn”t get the paperwork to Clallam County before a deadline last Friday.

A judge would have to OK the request to file paperwork late to get the levy on the ballot for the election running from Oct. 19 through Nov. 7.

The board voted 4-0 Wednesday night to ask for a waiver in court.

The second-wind for the flagging swimming pool came Wednesday morning, said board member Sandra Carter.

Members of the West End Business and Professional Association told the board members they support another vote, Carter said.

“The level of support was enough for the park district board to think it’s worth pursuing,” Carter said.

“That gave us enough encouragement that we could make a viable run at it.”

The board’s attorney, Craig Ritchie of Port Angeles, will likely file the request on Friday, Carter said.

A “yes’ or “no” answer is expected the same day.

The operations and maintenance levy failed with about 50 percent of the vote.

The levy would have raised $250,000 to run the pool for the next two years.

Levies are required by state law to garner at least 60 percent of the vote with a turnout of at least 40 percent of the turnout from the last election.

The levy would have raised taxes by 98 cents per $1,000 of a home’s appraised value.

Owners of a $125,000 house would pay $147 more in their 2007 property taxes.

Donations, grants, fundraising and the rent from houses the district owns have funded the pool since it opened in the summer of 2005.

It closed Sept. 7 due to a heating system malfunction, and because the district was out of money.

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