County may fund vote on parks parcel fee |

County may fund vote on parks parcel fee

Ballots may show up within in a year in south Nevada County mailboxes asking property owners if they want to pay a $20 annual parcel fee for parks.

Nevada County supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to spend $30,000 to fund the vote, called a revenue measure election, for the Bear River Recreation and Park District.

The fee would require a simple majority vote to pass.

If it does pass, the park district would pay back the $30,000 with interest to the county.

The county had a survey done to see how much people would pay to support parks.

“Polls indicate that would pass, $20 per parcel per year,” said Mark Tomich, Nevada County’s planning director.

The parcel fee would generate $162,000 to $209,000 annually for park operation and recreation programs for the district, which includes about 11,600 parcels.

That would be a big boost over the park district’s current annual budget of about $12,000.

The park district doesn’t currently have a parcel fee of any kind. Without funding for operations and maintenance, the district hasn’t been able to open Kilmer Park on a 32-acre parcel on East Lime Kiln Road and Karen Way.

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