Happy Valley residents will see higher park-usage fees
If you're a resident of Happy Valley, you'll have to pay higher fees to take classes at the Milwaukie Center or to use the North Clackamas Aquatic Park starting July 1.
Also starting July 1, the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) will no longer assess its permanent district tax rate within Happy Valley, where the median home has been paying approximately $160 a year in annual property taxes to NCPRD. Due to the city of Happy Valley's action last year to withdraw from NCPRD, Happy Valley residents will be considered out-of-district participants for NCPRD programs that begin on or after July 1.
In a measure on the May 15 ballot, the city is asking Happy Valley voters to maintain the tax rate of 54 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for the next five years. According to an explanatory summary provided by the city to the county elections office, Happy Valley will use the funds to provide future recreation programs, and to build and maintain fields, playgrounds, trails, picnic shelters and other amenities at city-owned parks. If the measure passes, the city expects to raise more than $1.6 million annually for parks and recreation.
NCPRD programs, facilities and services are open to everyone. However, people who live within the district boundaries receive registration priority and preferential pricing for NCPRD's recreational programming and facility use. Starting this week, Happy Valley residents can still enroll in programs that begin on or after July 1, on the same registration opening date for all out-of-district participants. Areas within the district include the city of Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Jennings Lodge and various other areas of unincorporated Clackamas.
All patrons will need to create a new account in order to register for 2018 summer programs. Get information on setting up a new account at ncprd.com.