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Rec District board touts benefits from proposed mill levy increase

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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 6:08 am

Members of the Hillsboro Rec District made a pitch to the public Tuesday night, asking Hillsboro voters to support a 6-mill property tax increase in the June 9 primary.

Rec District President Levi Reese and board member Rob Owens spelled out the financial implications for homeowners if the tax passes and stressed the importance of the summer youth programs that would be funded by the tax.

Addressing an online audience on yourliveevent.com, Reese and Owens said the owners of a $150,000 home in Hillsboro would see their taxes increase $40.50 if Measure 2 passes and the Rec District levies a max of 6 mills.

Money raised by the tax would be earmarked to pay coaches in the Rec District, which oversees summer programs like Babe Ruth, Little League, T-ball and girls softball.

The Rec District paid $16,800 in coaching salaries in 2019.

If the tax had been in place a year ago, the district would have had to collect 3.86 mills to cover those salaries, Reese said.

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