Rec District officials gearing up for June 9 mill levy vote

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Posted: Friday, April 10, 2020 6:00 am

The Hillsboro Rec District has proposed a property tax increase of up to six mills to be voted on June 9 by the community. 

However, with the uncertainty of spring and summer athletics, Hillsboro’s summer Legion, Babe Ruth, youth baseball and softball could be in jeopardy of staying afloat. 

“If this vote does not go through it will be the end of the Hillsboro Rec District,” Rec board chair Levi Reese said Tuesday. “We can’t have a government entity without milling money for it.”

Reese added that this is a vote that impacts everyone. His goal, and the board’s goal, is to reach all age groups, because as a small town, everyone has been a part of recreational leagues or knows someone who has been a part of them, he said.

“It’s more than about families. It’s grandmas and grandpas, and people that don’t have kids. We have to plea to everybody. At some point, I’d say almost everybody was affected by these programs, and if they had a good experience I’d hope they’d vote yes to keep the programs going,” Reese said. 

The district lost $4,600 in 2019 and this year’s loss is looking to be larger, around as much as $8,000, despite multiple donations from businesses, Reese said. 

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