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EUGENE, Ore. -- North Eugene residents face a big decision on the ballot in November that will decide the fate of a tax levy aimed at helping the River Road Park and Recreation District.
The about 4,300 in-district voters will be asked to re-approve a five-year tax levy that's due to run out. The mail election will be held on November 5.
Managers say the money is needed to keep recreation, senior and pre-school programs afloat as they face a $700,000 deficit within the next five years.
Dale Weigandt of the Park and Recreation District said the big issue is their tax base changes with city annexation.
“We've had pieces of our property, been taken away from the district, to the City of Eugene, as they’ve annexed,” said Weigandt.
He also said the city used to pay back the district in lost revenue, a process that ended in 2008 when the first levy was passed.
The Park and Recreation District also said the levy will help cover the increasing operating costs for things like utilities and employee wages.
The levy is slated to raise about $200,000 a year for the River Road Park and Recreation district through a $0.47 per $1,000 of assessed value per year tax. So on an assessed value of $150,000, the district said a homeowner would pay $5.88 per month.
Officials said the ballots are due in by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.