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SARC board mulls levy, meetings planned

July 8th, 2014 - 3:12pm

(Sequim) -- A couple of meetings are planned to discuss the possibility of a maintenance and operations levy for the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center.

Board commissioners for SARC are going to meet Wednesday at 5 in the Fifth Avenue Retirement Center at 500 West Hendrickson Road.

Executive Director Scott Deschenes says the pool and recreation facility is now 26-years-old and some equipment is in need of replacement.

A preliminary proposal that Commissioners will mull would be tax property owners inside the park district 12 cents for every one-thousand dollars of assessed property value annually for six years, generating about 416-thousand a year.

Deschenes says a 12 cent levy would add about 26 dollars to the annual property tax bill of the owner of a house valued at 217-thousand, the district's average.

Deschenes notes that SARC covers 87 percent of its costs through user fees.

The national average is 65 percent for similar facilities.

Deschenes says a report by City Councilman and local architect Ken Hays concluded many costly repairs need to be made to SARCís equipment and structure.

SARC commissioners also plan a special meeting on the levy in SARC gymnasium at 610 North Fifth Avenue on July 23rd at 5:30 p.m.

If the board goes forward with the levy request, it would most likely go on the ballot next February.

SARC was constructed in 1988 with a 2-million voter-approved bond that was retired in 2004.

Deschenes says it has more than 3-thousand members and draws nearly a quarter-million visitors annually.

For more information, you can call Deschanes at 683-3344 or online at sarcfitness.com.


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