In 2018, Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District tried to expand, putting a $20 million bond to the voters. It was defeated 2 to 1.
Most taxpayers are not aware that the SEPRD board is now looking to get a loan in excess of $2M increasing district indebtedness in order to purchase Broadway Middle School from the Seaside School District – a 71YO building we were assured is unsafe and past its usable life.
What has changed? It is widely known that the building has mold, asbestos, lead paint, leaking roof and other issues. SEPRD board has refused to share results of any inspection report.
A confidential memo from the executive director to SEPRD board members was uncovered in which the cost of rehab is estimated at minimum $5 million. A proposed method of paying for the building loan and building rehab is to put a levy and/or bond to the taxpayers about three years after the purchase, letting most of the building sit empty, unused and without maintenance until then.
The only way to pay off the $2.5 million loan and to get $5 million to $8 million for rehab is to raise our taxes through a bond or levy. We already pay the 7th highest recreation district taxes in the state.
No matter how we look at it, the only way SEPRD can purchase and make Broadway Middle School safe results in raising taxes. Maybe not today — but definitely in the near future.
We want to vote on whether to purchase Broadway Middle School. We want to vote on whether to raise taxes to purchase and rehab Broadway Middle School. We do not want SEPRD to close on the sale; we do not want increased debt.
You have a right to know, to vote and to decide. You can sign the petition at http://chng.it/F52VfstH
Transparency for SEPRD Taxpayers: Sheri Anderson, Patrick Duhachek, Jackie Evans, John and Laura Fairless, Randy Frank, John Huismann, Carol Lierman, Tita Montero, Lindsey Morrison, Margene Ridout, Donna Sunell, Diane Wells