How Much is the Fee?
Effective July 1, 2018, a typical residential customer who receives a utility statement from the City of Tigard will see a monthly charge of $4.17. Typical non-residential customers are charged approximately $10 per month. The fee is expected to generate a little more than $1 million annually.
Does Tigard Need a Parks and Recreation Fee?
The City Council’s approved 2015-2016 budget made clear that the city’s General Fund could not be sustained at current levels, given the growth of expenses and the city’s population. The General Fund covers core services like police, library, community building and parks. City expenses are growing at about 4 percent annually compared to revenues of 3.5 percent. To address the gap, the Budget Committee proposed a parks service charge that would take parks funding out of our general fund and treat it more like a utility.
Low-Income Resident Discount
The adopted measure will offer a fee-reduction program for qualifying low-income households who earn 50 percent of the state median income. In order to receive a reduced parks and recreation fee, you will be required to meet with an administrator from St. Vincent De Paul.
These meetings can be scheduled by calling 503-684-8280. You will need proof of income in the form of your previous year’s W-2, paystubs or latest income tax filings. If you are married, you will need to bring your spouse’s financial information as well. In addition you will need your most recent utility bill for your application.
Why Support Parks?
The city owns 548 acres of parks and open space, which serve Tigard residents, visitors and employees of area businesses who work in Tigard. Parks play an important role in connecting residents with each other, protecting natural habitat and offering healthy recreation activities for people of all ages and abilities. Park spaces grew by 30 percent since the approval of the 2010 parks bond, and the city will still have to develop a solution to develop its future parks while still maintaining already developed parks lands and trails in ways residents expect.
What Happens with the Tax Dollars that Used to Go to Parks?
The Parks and Recreation Fee (PARF) kept funding for Parks & Recreation steady while allowing the General Fund to make modest increases in support of other day-to-day services, such as the Tigard Public Library and funding additional police officers. No service level changes in Parks & Recreation were made as a result of implementation of the PARF.