Connell leans toward property tax increase

CONNELL -- Voters were approving a property tax increase Tuesday to pay for parks and recreation in Connell.

On Tuesday night, the measure had received 149 yes votes, or nearly 60 percent, with 101 opposed, or about 40 percent. The measure needs a simple majority to pass.

Ballots will continue to be counted Wednesday and Thursday, with updated results released at the end of each day. The election will be certified Nov. 29.

If approved, the revenue from the property tax levy lid increase will be used to provide a dedicated funding source for parks and recreation. Presently the city relies on general tax dollars, which also are used for services such as fire and police.

The increase would be included in the first six-month property tax payment due in April.

The property tax levy for the city would increase by 40 cents, making the rate $2.92 per $1,000 of assessed value.

For homes valued at $135,000, the property tax would increase by $54 per year.

Having the dedicated revenue would help stabilize the city's parks and recreation services for the long run and reduce chances that parks and recreation will be cut, said city officials.