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South Suburban has two questions on Nov 7 ballot

South Suburban has two questions on Nov 7 ballot

Sep 15 2017

It's official. South Suburban is having a special election. The South Suburban Board of Directors has approved two questions on the November 7 mail-in/drop-off ballot: The first focuses on maintenance of existing assets, while the second focuses on enhancing and building new facilities and enhancing amenities. 

The first question will ask voters, without raising taxes or imposing a new tax, to extend the District's 1-mill levy, approved in May 2010; and the District's 2-mill levy, approved in 2014, to maintain and conserve natural areas, open space and parks; maintain and improve walking, biking and hiking trails; repair and improve existing parks, recreation facilities and playgrounds; replace outdated mechanical equipment with new energy savings systems including renewable energy; and save water by replacing inefficient irrigation systems in parks and using non-treated water where feasible. 

The second question will ask voters, without imposing any new tax, to allow the District to increase its debt to improve trail connectivity, as well as fund water and energy efficiencies and improve and repair recreation facilities for seniors, families, and children; build a new indoor multigenerational facility, and renovate and upgrade existing playgrounds and parks.

Below are the District's two ballot questions in greater detail:

South Suburban Park and Recreation District Ballot Issue 4B
Without raising tax rates or imposing a new tax, shall the District’s existing 1-mill levy (approved May 2010) and 2-mill levy (approved November 2014) be extended into the future to pay operating and other expenses including 1) maintaining natural areas, open space and parks; 2) maintain and improve walking, biking and hiking trails, 3) repairing and improving existing parks, recreation facilities, and playgrounds; 4) replace outdated mechanical equipment with new energy saving systems including renewable energy; and 5) saving water by replacing inefficient irrigation systems in parks and using non-treated water where available?

South Suburban Park and Recreation District Ballot Issue 4C
Without imposing any new tax, shall the District’s debt be increased by $46.8 million to provide park and recreation amenities including 1) increasing trail connectivity; 2) fund energy and water efficiencies at parks, fields, and facilities; 3) improve and repair recreation facilities for seniors, families and children; 4) build a new indoor multigenerational facility to include turf fields and Pickleball courts; and 5) renovate and upgrade existing playgrounds and parks.

For the full ballot issue language and more information about the special election, visit ssprd.org/election.

South Suburban reminds residents to watch for the ballot to arrive in the mail the week of October 16; open it, vote, and return it via mail, or drop it off in a designated ballot collection box.