August 18, 2023: THPRD is looking at options to stabilize funding for park and recreation services to maintain current service levels and to prepare for future needs and we need the public’s help. THPRD is looking at an upcoming $16 Million gap in the operating budget, representing about 21% of the district’s annual budget. Without additional revenue sources, the district would be looking at closing facilities, reducing park and recreation services such as childcare programs, and having to reduce staffing by up to approximately 50 full-time employees and 250 part-time employees.
The THPRD Board of Directors has been reviewing stable funding options for months, including the possibility of asking voters to consider a local option levy for district operations as early as 2024, similar to many other local government agencies.
Community members are invited to apply to the Levy Task Force to provide guidance and assistance to the THPRD Board of Directors as they consider whether the district should pursue a local option levy and if so, what should the levy encompass. The final decision on whether to pursue a local option levy lies with the Board of Directors, however they will be utilizing the recommendations from the Levy Task Force to help inform their decision-making.
Members of the Levy Task Force will:
- Serve from September – November 2023
- Attend approximately 3 meetings. Estimated total commitment of 8 hours over the three months.
- Serve as community advisors and make recommendations on if a potential operating levy should be pursued
- Advise on amount of the levy and what services should be included
- Advise on communication and outreach strategies to inform the public about the levy
Formed in 1955, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning 50 square miles and serving about 250,000 people in the greater Beaverton area. The district oversees year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Offerings include thousands of recreational classes, 117 parks, nearly 70 miles of trails, and 162 natural areas. For more information, visit www.thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.
|Date: August 21, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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