What is the Olympia Metropolitan Park District (OMPD)?
The OMPD is a junior property taxing district with special taxing authority for the management, control, improvement, maintenance, and acquisition of parks, pathways, boulevards, recreational facilities, programs, and services within the Olympia City limits.
How much revenue will be generated and what will it cost?
The Olympia Metropolitan Park District Board at its meeting on November 7, 2016 set the amount needed for the 2017 budget. The tax rate is 52.60735 cents per $1,000 of Assessed Value (AV). On a home assessed at $300,000, the tax for 2017 would be $157.82. By law, the maximum rate the board could set is 75 cents per $1,000 assessed property value.
How is OMPD revenue collected?
The OMPD tax is a component of property owners’ annual Thurston County property tax assessment administered by Thurston County.
What area is included within the OMPD?
The OMPD includes the entire area within the municipal boundaries of the City of Olympia as they currently exist as well as they may exist as the result of future annexations.
Who pays this tax?
Property owners within the boundaries of the City of Olympia.
Will this tax expire?
The OMPD tax does not expire.
Who governs the OMPD?
The OMPD will be governed by the Olympia Metropolitan Park District Board consisting of the Olympia City Council.
When will the tax go into effect?
The tax will appear on property tax bills beginning in 2017.
Can funds be used for other City of Olympia needs?
No, by state law, OMPD funds can only be utilized for parks and recreation-related facilities, programs, and services.
How will the OMPD revenue be spent?
OMPD funds will be spent on park development and maintenance as outlined in the Parks, Arts and Recreation Plan or annual capital and operating budgets approved by City Council.
Who determines what the OMPD revenue is spent on?
The Olympia Metropolitan Park District Board approves the OMPD budget.
Who provides oversight on how OMPD revenue is spent?
Oversight will be provided by a 5-person Olympia Municipal Park District Advisory Committee, comprised entirely of Olympia residents, created to advise the City and the District. This committee will be selected in 2017. This Committee will provide an annual report to the City and the District regarding the City’s compliance with the funding levels contained in an interlocal agreement between the City and the District.
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