Mt. Shasta Recreation & Parks District approves parcel tax resolution

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Mt. Shasta City Park is a popular spot for many events, including the annual Blackberry Music Festival held each Labor Day weekend.

The Mt. Shasta Recreation & Parks District is asking voters to approve a special parcel tax measure on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot.

District directors unanimously approved two resolutions on June 19 to define the "Park Infrastructure Improvement and Security Enhancement Measure" and to request that the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors consolidate their election with other November elections.

Among the reasons cited by the District for the need for the parcel tax are rising numbers of visitors using the parks and park facilities and current funding sources that do not generate enough income for numerous infrastructure, maintenance and security needs.

The resolutions were approved following a public hearing that was attended by 22 people in the City Park Upper Lodge.

The approved wording for the ballot measure reads: “Shall the Mt. Shasta Recreation & Parks District levy an annual special parcel tax of $75 for developed parcels and $40 for undeveloped parcels to restore historic District park buildings; enhance park security and lighting; improve critical infrastructure such as sewer, roads, parking, and trails; repair existing soccer, softball, ice rink, tennis court sites, construct new facilities, collecting an estimated $300,000 annually, providing for senior discounts, and ending after 25 years?”

Because it is a special tax to be used for specific purposes, it will require a two-thirds vote of approval by voters of the district.

District Administrator Mike Rodriguez believes funds from the parcel tax are needed to save the parks. During an interview after the meeting, he said, “I was encouraged by the support and the value people put on our parks.”

Rodriguez said the Friends of the Park group will be campaigning for the ballot measure.

The resolutions were published in a public legal notice that appeared in Mount Shasta Area Newspapers on June 27, 2018. It is posted online here.