LFP Proposition 1 - Levy Lid Lift
The Lake Forest Park City Council has placed a property tax levy on the November 2, 2021, ballot that will fund projects included in the Safe Streets report, Parks Recreation Open Space and Trails (PROST) plan, and future parks, recreation, and safe connectivity plans adopted by the City Council.
If voters approve, the levy will provide funding for:
Sidewalks, starting with installing sidewalks on the way to schools Lake Forest Park children attend, and other pedestrian and bicycle connections and traffic calming projects in the City’s Safe Streets report
|Sidewalks installed on the way to Lake Forest Park Elementary and other schools|
A master plan and construction of the new 2-acre lakefront park, including recreation and use facilities
A public process to develop a master plan for the new 2-acre lakefront park and future improvements
Development and improvements to the City’s nine existing parks including Brookside Park, Five Acre Woods and Horizon View as provided in the Parks Recreation Open Space and Trails (PROST) plan, including projects such as trails, restrooms, recreational facilities, and a dog park
|Improvements to Five Acre Woods and other parks planned with the community|
Future sidewalk, pedestrian, and bicycle connections, and park and recreation projects across the City developed with public input and adopted by the City Council
Planning, public engagement, construction, repair, maintenance, and expenses related to projects funded by the levy
The levy will be a one-time permanent property tax increase in 2022 in order to generate approximately $2 million annually. The levy funds will support adding and maintaining new walkways, pedestrian and bicycle connections, and parks and recreation facilities throughout the City.
If the levy is approved by voters, property owners will pay an additional $0.59 per $1,000 of assessed property value in the first year (2022). The rate will vary in subsequent years to generate the approximately $2 million per year.
The new levy revenue of approximately $2 million will be placed in a dedicated fund for the levy proceeds. The priorities and projects will be identified in the Safe Streets report, Parks Recreation Open Space and Trails (PROST) plan, and future parks, recreation, and safe connectivity plans adopted by the City Council.
The Council will be required to adopt a levy implementation plan prior to the appropriation or spending of these levy proceeds. In addition, the City will publish an annual report presenting the status for all levy funded projects and expenditures.
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On June 29 and 30, 2021, the City held two community updates on options being considered for parks, recreational facilities, sidewalks, walkways, and bicycle connections throughout the City. Each meeting included an opportunity for attendees to provide their feedback.
On July 22, 2021, the Lake Forest Park City Council took action to approve Resolution 1810, placing the levy on the November 2 ballot. Watch the July 22 meeting video.
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