60 Day Notice to Update the System Development Charges Methodology

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The Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation District is updating their system development charges methodology. Please see the 60 day notice, and click here to review the proposed Methodology. If you have comments we would love to hear from you. A public hearing to take comments regarding the proposed system development charges will be scheduled in March, 2017 at the Hood River Aquatic Center. If you wish to comment but cannot attend the public hearing, please address written comments as follows:

 

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District

Attention: Mark Hickok

1601 May Avenue

Hood River, Oregon 97031

541-386-5720 office

 

Written comments must be received by March 10, 2016 to be considered.

 

Q: What are SDCs?

A: SDC stands for System Development Charge. SDCs are one-time fees assessed on new development to cover a portion of the costs of providing certain types of public capital facilities to address impact created by new development. Oregon law provides for establishment of SDC fees for transportation, water, wastewater (sewer), stormwater, and parks and recreation facilities.

Parks and Recreation SDCs cover a portion of the cost to provide for parks and recreation facilities that are needed to serve the Hood River Valley’s growing community. Parks SDC money can be spent only on capital improvements that increase the capacity of parks and recreation in order to offset the impact of new development. SDC funds can’t be used for operations and maintenance of park facilities.

 

Q: What is an SDC Methodology?

A: Simply put. The SDC Methodology is a study that identifies how much funding will be needed to pay for the expansion of the park system due to development, and then divides those costs by the projected development to establish a fee.

 

Q: What are the proposed fees?

A: The rate schedule can be found on page 10. The Methodology report calculates the maximum defensible SDC Rate. Every year in June, the Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation District establishes a fee for the following year. Historically they have raised the fee 6% per year. The fee cannot go above the maximum defensible rate.

 

Upcoming Pool Closures

The pool will be closed saturday November 19th all day for a Masters Swim Meet. We will reopen with regular sunday hours the following day.

The pool will be closed all day Thanksgiving. We will reopen with our Friday hours the next day, with the addition of an Open Swim from 1-3pm.

Pool Closed All Day

The pool will be closed all day Friday, July 22nd. We are sorry for any inconvenience this closure may cause. The pool will reopen on Saturday, July 23rd at 10am.

Notice of Budget Hearing

A public meeting of the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District will be held on June 15, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Aquatic Center at 1601 May Ave.  The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 as approved by the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District budget committee.  A summary of the budget is presented below.  A copy of the budget may be inspected or obtained at 1601 May Ave between 9am and 4pm or online HERE.  This budget is for an annual period.  This budget was preparend on a basis of accounting that is the same as the preceding year

Annual Maintenance

The pool will be closed for annual maintenance from Tuesday, September 8 through Sunday, September 20.  Annual and three month pass holders will have their passes extended for the time the pool is closed.

Community Meeting for Sportsfield/Park Development

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District would like to invite you to come and share your support, ideas or concerns about a potential 8 acre sportsfield/park development on property zoned for light industrial use.  What amenities are most needed in our community?  The meeting will be held Wednesday June 24th at 6pm, at the Port of Hood River conference room, 1000 E Port Marina Drive Hood River. Please call (541) 386-5720 with any questions.