Effective May 1, 2019, the Parks & Recreation Fee will increase by $0.52 per month. This increase ensures the Recreation Program will continue.
A typical residential customer who receives a utility statement from the City of Tigard is charged $4.69 per month. Typical non-residential customers are charged approximately $11 per month.
The Fee covers about 30% of the cost to provide parks and recreation services in Tigard. Two Public Works divisions are funded by the Parks Utility Fund: Park Maintenance and Recreation.
- The Park Maintenance Program provides opportunities for people to connect with the city’s beautiful outdoor places and spaces. The green canopy and urban playgrounds that surrounds us is a first point of contact for residents and visitors to our city. Our picnic shelters and playgrounds are the backdrop in family photos. Our parks provide children with some of their earliest memories of being outside in nature. Learn more about our parks.
- The Recreation Program provides opportunities for us to connect with each other. Providing the spaces and events that bring residents together, helps to achieve the city’s vision for healthy and interconnected lives. It also helps us to create an engaged, safe and connected community. Popular events include movies and concerts in the park, in addition to classes and activities for people of all ages. Learn more about recreation.
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.
On May 1, 2019 the fee will increase to ensure the Recreation Program will continue. Support from the General Fund was reduced to the point that the program was not sustainable for the future. The lost funding will be replaced with an increase in the fee of $0.52 per month, dedicated solely to Recreation.