The Maxwell Park and Recreation District’s proposal to raise assessment taxes for the first time in 35 years went down in overwhelming defeat on Monday. MK Election processed 598 ballots out of the 1,188 sent to Maxwell property owners. The measure failed by 73 percent.
“I’m disappointed,” said MPR President Kyle Miller. “The reason why we were doing this was for the pool, the kids, and the community; mainly for the kids to have something to do in the summertime.”
The District was formed in 1985 to provide recreational opportunities to youth and residents of Maxwell. District officials had asked for an increase in the annual assessment from $15 to $45.27 (billed twice a year at $22.64) on property with a dwelling, and .21 cents per acre on property without a dwelling, in order to keep the Town Pool open.
District officials, at the regular meeting following the public hearing, thanked donors and sponsors who have helped to keep the pool open the past few years. The District will offer free swim on select days through Aug. 29 or until the remaining chemicals are depleted. With no vehicle to sustain costs and fund repairs required by the Department of Public Health, the Maxwell Town Pool will close permanently at the end of this season, Miller said.
More on the Proposition 218 election and future of the MPR District will be in the Aug. 19 edition of the Pioneer Review.