Volunteers have been hitting the streets in Kingston, trying to gather signatures in favor of creating a metropolitan parks district.
Volunteers have been hitting the streets in Kingston, Kitsap County, trying to gather signatures in favor of creating a parks district.
Park boosters hope to construct a new, 25,000-square-foot community center that also would house an 8,000-square-foot library and a Boys & Girls Club.
It would be built on 14 acres off West Kingston Road, next to a park that has been created by volunteers. It would be an upgrade from Kingston’s community center, off Highway 104 just up the street from the ferry terminal.
“There is, of course, a small minority that don’t want to hear the word tax, but that is the only opposition to this we’ve seen,” said Bobbie Moore, executive director of the Kingston Community Center Foundation.
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“Everyone else says: ‘Oh yeah, I know of the village green, I take my kids there, I take my grandkids there, I take my dog there.’ “
If they gather 1,300 signatures, or 20 percent of the population in the proposed area, the proposal would go to a vote, needing a simple majority to pass.
An elected board would govern the district and have authority to levy a maximum property tax of $15 per $100,000 of assessed value.
“People are feeling good about it, but there’s so many hurdles yet to clear,” Moore said. “We’re doing all of this work with volunteers and hoping they’re not burned out.”