Thank you, Tacoma voters!

In 2014, a Neighborhood Parks & Zoo Improvements and Safety Upgrades Bond passed with 64.5% of the votes. That means Tacoma citizens will see their their parks grow and improve as projects continue to develop through 2024 through the $198 million public investment. And this includes the Zoo!

Voters have consistently backed requests for operating funds and capital improvement borrowing. We have worked to leverage that tax money and add to it with grants and other funding.

  • In 2014, voters approved an additional $198 million in capital improvement bonds, which has been leveraged to $244 million so far.
  • In 2010, voters endorsed an increase in the maximum allowable levy that boosted annual tax revenue by about $4 million.
  • In 2005, voters approved an $84.3 million bond issue; Metro Parks Tacoma leveraged that to $136.6 million.