Ballot wording for aquatic center may concern some voters


WALLA WALLA - Wording on the ballot for the Family Aquatic Center has led some to believe that the tax will be greater than expected.

According to city staff, the ballot had to include the total levy amount for all city-approved levies. The language on the ballot measure says the levy will would be no more than $3.07 per $1,000 of assessed property value. This is the total for all city levies if the aquatic center is approved, according to Jim Dumont, Parks and Recreation director.

The Family Aquatic Center Proposition 1 specifically states that if approved the property tax would increase a maximum of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. Dumont explained that it would be less - if property values increase - but that it would not be more than the 50 cents.

Primary election ballots, which include the aquatic center proposal for city voters, were mailed Friday.


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