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City of Tigard

Parks and Recreation Fee

Parks and Recreation Fee
Updated 7/18/19

You may have noticed an increase to the Parks and Recreation fee on your recent bill. Here are the details on the fee change and its benefits. 

Effective July 1, 2019, the Parks and Recreation Fee increased by $1.22 per month ($1.02 for park maintenance plus $0.20 based on the annual index required to maintain existing service levels).

Parks and recreation are an important factor in the livability of a community. Quality parks and recreation helps the local tax base and increases property values. It also aligns with our strategy plan by providing places for health and well-being that are accessible by persons of all ages and abilities. In the FY 19-20 budget, the Budget Committee invested in the future of community events, recreation, and park maintenance by increasing the Parks and Recreation Activity Fee.


Here's how you may benefit from the fee change:

Parks Maintenance: Our parks are gathering places where recreation and events of all types can occur and help make living in Tigard more desirable. The fee increase ensures that we will continue to maintain aging playgrounds, shelters, and trails. You may notice increased mowing frequency in neighborhood parks, quicker litter pick-up, faster response times to vandalism and graffiti, better trail surface maintenance and lower tolerance for weeds in formal planting beds.

The Parks and Recreation Fee is a monthly user fee that is charged as part of the city's utility bill.

Customer Type Monthly Fee
(effective 5/1/19)
Monthly Fee
(effective 7/1/19)

Residential (per unit)

$4.69 $5.91

Non-Residential

$4.69 per equivalent
dwelling unit (EDU)
$5.91 per equivalent
dwelling unit (EDU)
 

Reduction for Qualified Low Income Residential

50% 50%
 

Notes:

  1. Commercial EDU Calculation (rounded to nearest whole EDU):
    (Billed Parking Stalls from Street Maintenance Fee * 0.76 Jobs Per Stall)/15 EDU Factor = EDUs
  2. Industrial EDU Calculation (rounded to nearest whole EDU):(Billed Parking Stalls from Street Maintenance Fee * 1.19 Jobs Per Stall)/15 EDU Factor = EDUs

Still have questions? Contact Kent Wyatt, Communications Manager or submit your questions via What's on Your Mind?


What is covered by the fee?

The fee covers about 47% of the cost to provide parks and recreation services in Tigard.

Fee History

As the city’s land portfolio grows, funding has not kept pace with development, maintenance and programming needs. Property tax revenues are not enough to meet the financial obligations for parks and recreation and the city’s general fund supports multiple core programs and services, limiting it as a resource for Parks and Recreation.

Constrained funding has required the department to reduce and defer parks and trail maintenance and repairs and required staff and program reductions. 

To keep the city’s commitment to protect clean water and natural areas, and connect people with nature, the Parks and Recreation Fee was implemented on April 1, 2016.

Annual Rate Setting
The Parks and Recreation fee rate changes on July 1 every year to based on the annual index required to maintain existing service levels.

Program Growth
On May 1, 2019 the fee was increased to ensure continuation of the Recreation Program. Support from the General Fund was reduced to the point that the program was not sustainable for the future. The lost funding was replaced with an increase in the fee of $0.52 per month, dedicated solely to recreation. You will see increased programming starting in the summer of 2019, including additional events like concerts, pop ups, and movies in the park.

On July 1, 2019 the fee was increased by $1.02 to fund increased park maintenance. You will see increased mowing frequency in neighborhood parks, quicker litter pick-up, faster response times to vandalism and graffiti, better trail surface maintenance and lower tolerance for weeds in formal planting beds.

Key Staff
 Toby LaFrance
 Finance Director
 503-718-2406 | Email

 Steve Martin
 Park and Facilities Manager
 503-718-2583 | Email 


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