Morris:Park levy to enrich life here

Published on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 by ack Kintner

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Morris: Park levy to enrich life here

By Jack Kintner

Safe bicycling, walking trails, and more recreational areas are just a few of the goals Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 commissioner Ted Morris said the district hopes to create through a new tax levy.

The district is proposing a two-year levy of 10 cents per $1,000 evaluation to support parks, sports fields, bicycle trails and recreational programs for all ages in the greater Blaine and Birch Bay area.

Morris said that the cost to an average homeowner will be about $30 annually, and that the district will develop projects in partnership with the City of Blaine and Whatcom County to improve existing parks and facilities in the area.

“As our area grows,” he said, “we must preserve our water quality, natural area and wildlife habitat before land prices are out of reach. Now is the time to ensure that we maintain the quality of life to which we have grown accustomed so that our children can grow up and live in a Blaine/Birch Bay area that we can all be proud to call home.”

Morris added he hopes the levy would be able to help fund the local Boys and Girls Club or other youth programs, as well as adult recreation and enrichment programs..