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County parks millage passes in Jackson

Posted: 8:16 AM, Aug 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-08 14:52:35Z

The Jackson Co. parks millage has passed by 59% of the vote.

Before the primaries, there was talk of some of the parks closing if the millage proposal failed.

Some homeowners told FOX 47 that they're tired of seeing their property taxes go up all the time, but Jackson County's Parks Director Jeff Hovarter says there simply isn't enough money to take care of the parks the right way.

"We certainly won't be able to maintain the number of acres and number of parks we do now, so we'll have to figure out what we'll have to do with the parks we aren't going to maintain," said Jeff Hovarter.

The Jackson County has around $800,000 a year to use to maintain its parks and the man in charge of them says it's only enough for the bare minimum.

"We basically mow grass, pick up trash, and trim, or weed whack where we can," said Hovarter.

This millage will allow the county to replace the water system at the Cascade Park waterfall, make safety improvements, and make some repairs.

"Seal cracked trails, repair play equipment, get the proper safety surfacing to underplay equipment," said Hovarter.

That all sounds good to homeowner Tim Johnson, but he thinks there's a limit to how much voters are willing to raise their property taxes.

"If you are single and don't have any kids there is no benefit. Now don't get me wrong, I don't mind paying, but you're taxed year after year after year and it adds up," said Tim Johnson.

Hovarter says the cost of saving the parks is adding up too. He hoped that was enough to convince voters - and he was right.