Key findings from the Master Plan

Summary of Master Plan Key Findings:

  • While there is a high degree of satisfaction with the parks and recreation services that are currently provided by NCPRD, there are unmet needs and strong desires for additional parks, trails, natural areas, and recreational programming.
  • Funding for capital investments in new parks and facilities, and for improvements to existing facilities, is not adequate for meeting the needs.
  • Given the growing number of parks and facilities, increasing operations and maintenance costs, and relatively fixed operating revenue, NCPRD’s current funding sources are inadequate to maintain the current level of service throughout the District, and/or support additional growth.
  • Property tax revenues make up the largest portion of the District’s operating budget and property taxes cannot be increased unless the District is re-formed.
  • The District’s current governance structure provides an Advisory Board of District residents dedicated to parks and recreation issues, but without authority to implement policy changes or recommendations. Other types of park districts have governance models where their resident board is the decision making body.
  • Survey data indicated District residents are willing to support a higher level of service. 74% of respondents in a statistically valid survey said “yes” or “maybe” to whether they would support an increase in the NCPRD tax rate. 75% responded “yes” or “maybe” to whether they would support a capital bond to fund new facilities.

Primary Recommendations:

  • Adopt an aspirational Capital Improvement Plan to meet the needs of residents and balance levels of service throughout the District.
  • Identify funding sources for the aspirational Capital Improvement Plan; explore a bond for capital.
  • Review and update System Development Charges zones, rates and methodology.
  • Identify funding sources for additional recreational programming and operations and maintenance; consider increasing the District’s permanent tax rate.
  • If re-forming the District to increase the permanent tax rate, consider re-forming as a Special Parks and Recreation District under ORS 266 in order to get the benefits of representative governance and the agility of a special purpose board.