Cemetery district seeks passage of maintenance tax
Next month, voters will decide whether or not to pass a five year tax measure for the Estacada Cemetery Maintenance District.
If approved, the measure on the ballot for the May 15 election would tax $.03 per $1,000 of assessed property value from 2018 to 2023. For a home assessed at $250,000, this would be approximately $7.50 per year.
Since 1964, the Cemetery Maintenance District has operated on a permanent tax rate of $0.0592 per $1,000 of assessed property value. This provides approximately $75,000 each year. The district's annual expenses are approximately $125,000.
If passed, the proposed tax is expected to raise $38,500 from 2018-2019; $39,650 from 2019-2020; $40,840 from 2020-2021; $42,065 from 2021-2022; and $43,325 from 2022-2023.
The funds would be used for general operations, constructing a shop to store district equipment and replacing deteriorating equipment.
"It's just enough to keep the cemeteries up," said Rob Gaskill, chairman of the Cemetery Maintenance District.
The Estacada Cemetery Maintenance District maintains and operates nine cemeteries, including the Springwater, Odd Fellows/Phillip E. Linn, Forrester, Gibson, Foster, Viola, Mt. Zion and George Cemeteries.
Gaskill noted that the proposed tax would be valuable for maintenance and upkeep of the cemeteries.