Future of Hoodland Parks District remains uncertain
Election night is over but the task of tallying votes in Clackamas County is far from it. As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, there have been no updates to the Clackamas County election results.
Early results Tuesday night showed the effort to form the Hoodland Parks District has received 174 votes opposed to 81 votes in favor.
"We will wait to see," said Marci Slater, member of the committee, which worked to get Measure 3-581on the ballot. "We have to wait for them to get through the process."
The parks district effort was initiated after Clackamas County made a deal with the Hoodland Women's Club, the initial trustee of the project. The club had until November 2020, according to a memorandum of understanding, to find a use for the site of the old Dorman Center — or else the county would sell the property.
This effort is now being led by a parks district-specific committee and no longer under the umbrella of the Hoodland Women's Club, though club members remain on the committee.
These results are more inconclusive than typical early counts because of an issue with ballots printed for Clackamas County. Over 50,000 ballots with barcode issues are being painstakingly copied by hand, which will delay final results potentially into June.
The proposed use is to revive the old community hub as a park and also establish a parks district to help pay for maintenance and creation of future public park lands. The land designated for the park consists of three parcels, all on Salmon River Road. That includes the former Dorman Center at 3.97 acres, 5 acres on the other side of the Oregon Department of Transportation road gravel storage, and an 11-acre strip beyond Birdie Lane.
The district would exist within the boundaries of the Hoodland Fire District, spreading from Rhododendron to Summertime Road at Alder Creek.
The estimated tax rate would be 67 cents per $1,000 of assessed value of property within the district. People within the park district would not have to pay to use its facilities.
As an official district, the Hoodland Parks District would have access to grant funding to create and maintain opportunities for family and community recreation and entertainment.
For more information about the district, visit hoodlandparkdistrict.us
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