Metro Parks Tacoma

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Funding

Funding for Metro Parks Tacoma services comes from a combination of earned revenue, property tax, sales tax, money from the City of Tacoma and grants.

Metro Parks, like other public organizations, is impacted by the lower collection of property and sales tax, and rising insurance costs for both employee health care and coverage protecting our parks and facilities. 

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BIENNIAL BUDGET - 2017-2018

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2014 - $198 MILLION CAPITAL BOND MEASURE
In 2014 voters approved a $198 million bond measure which will pay for improvements to protect and improve parks and facilities throughout the park district. Highlights include a new Pacific Rim Aquarium, improvements to Point Defiance Park and expanded citywide access to recreation. The district has leveraged $46 million in additional funds as of 3-10-17

playground boy red helmet 2005 BOND PROJECT FUNDING
In November 2005 voters approved an $84.3 million bond measure. In addition to bond dollars, the Park District was successful in leveraging an additional $52.3 million.
 
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VOTER-APPROVED MEASURES

  • 2014 - $198 million Capital Bond Measure
    which will pay for improvements to protect and improve parks and facilities throughout the park district. Highlights include a new Pacific Rim Aquarium, infrastructure improvements to Point Defiance Park and expanded citywide access to recreation.
    View 2014 Bond Project Updates
     
  • 2010 - Parks & Recreation Maintenance Levy
    to add an estimated $4.0 million in revenue to fund basic safety, maintenance, and day-to-day operations for 2011 and forward  
     
  • 2005 - $84.3 million Capital Bond Measure
    to pay for improvements to 61 parks districtwide
    View 2005 Bond Project Summary
     
  • 2000 - Sales Tax Increase - one-tenth of one percent
    to maintain new exhibits and support park projects in all cities and towns throughout the county
     
  • 1999 - $35 million Capital Bond Measure
    to pay for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium renovations and new exhibits

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