Public meetings set for proposed Brinnon parks district levy

It’s the first time the board of the district has asked for a levy since voters approved the creation of the district in November 2012.

BRINNON — Six informational meetings are planned on a proposed property tax levy for the Brinnon Parks &Recreation District, with three planned this week.

The measure, which would impose property tax levies of 5 cents or less per $1,000 assessed valuation for six years for operation of the district, will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. Collection would begin in 2017.

The meetings are scheduled:

• Tuesday — 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Brinnon Community Center, 306144 U.S. Highway 101.

• Thursday — 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Brinnon Community Center, with information presented during the Brinnon Senior Organization meeting; and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Brinnon Fire Department, 272 Schoolhouse Road, Brinnon.

• Tuesday, Oct. 11 — 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., library at Brinnon School, 46 Schoolhouse Road.

• Wednesday, Oct. 12 — 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Brinnon Community Center, with information presented during the Parks and Recreation general meeting.

• Thursday, Oct. 13 — 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Brinnon Booster Club, 151 Corey St., Brinnon.

It’s the first time the board of the district has asked for a levy since voters approved the creation of the district in November 2012.

Because it is a new levy, passage will be contingent upon approval by 60 percent of the voters. At least 40 percent of the district’s registered voters must cast ballots.

If it is approved, subsequent measures would require only a simple majority.

The district receives no money from Jefferson County and has relied on fundraisers for operating expenses, estimated at about $15,000 annually.

Proponents say the levy would allow the district to focus on programs and activities rather than solely on running fundraisers.

If the measure is approved, the owner of property valued at $200,000 would pay $10 each year from 2017 through 2022.

Ballots will be mailed Oct. 19.

The district is bordered by Hood Canal to the east, Mount Walker to the north and the Mason County line to the south. It extends west into Olympic National Forest to Alta Creek.

More in News

Port Angeles School Superintendent Marty Brewer, second from right, speaks with members of the Port Angeles Parents for Education, on Friday about the Port Angeles Paraeducation Association strike. Assistant Superintendent Michele Olsen stands at right. (Paula Hunt/Peninsula Daily News)
District, PAPEA to pick up bargaining Sunday

Parent group presses officials for answers on strike

Instructor Josh Taylor, left, points out the workings of an electric vehicle on Wednesday at the Auto Technology Certification Program at Peninsula College. Nick Schommer, center, and Brian Selk get ready to do some testing on the electric auto’s parts from underneath the vehicle. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)
College’s automotive technology program gets a reboot

Students can earn a certificate separate from two-year degree

Port Townsend transportation tax dollars to be put to work

Benefits district to raise $400,000 to $600,000 in first year

KEITH THORPE/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Retired teacher Nancy McCaleb speaks in support of striking paraeducators in the Port Angeles School District as Port Angeles Paraeducators Association President Rebecca Winters listens during a rally on Thursday at Shane Park.
About 130 rally in support of paras

District officials say funding is statewide problem

Mark Nichols.
Proposed changes to public defender caseloads could hurt rural counties

Annual limits starting in 2025 may create staffing issues

Fernando Cruz of Auburn, an employee of Specialized Pavement Marking in Pacific, cleans off a sign he used to paint a bicycle lane on Sims Way and Kearney Street, the site of the new roundabout. The workers needed at least two days of 47 degrees or above in order to paint the pedestrian crosswalks and other necessary markings. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
New bike lane in Port Townsend

Fernando Cruz of Auburn, an employee of Specialized Pavement Marking in Pacific,… Continue reading

Two-lane bypass to be installed Monday

Contractor crews working for the state Department of Transportation will… Continue reading

Twice daily bridge inspections start next week

Bridge preservation engineers from the state Department of Transportation will… Continue reading

Funding farm-to-school programs

In the 2021-2023 state budget, Washington set aside money specifically for the… Continue reading

Gus Griffin, 11, second from left, and classmates dig up weeds in one of Port Townsend’s three gardens on March 28. (Grace Deng/Washington State Standard)
Farm-to-school programs flourish in Washington

Demand from school districts outpacing state funding

Jefferson enacts 1-year moratorium on STRs

County wants to consider possible regulations for rentals