Frequently Asked Questions

The BIMPRD Levy Lid Lift proposal is on the August 3rd ballot. We encourage you to vote YES!  Voting YES assures the continued maintenance of existing facilities, parks, trails, open space, playgrounds, programming, and special events and seeds a sustainable future. 

 

Everyone benefits from 40+ miles of trails; 25 parks; 76 acres of recreational shoreline; 104 acres of playground and athletic facilities; 1500 acres of park property; and 3700+ programs offered each year.  It is hard to imagine a day goes by that does not involve Parks in some way.

 

What is a Levy Lid Lift? 

A portion of the property tax Bainbridge Island homeowners pay each year goes to the Park District to fund maintenance and operations.  In 2008, the Bainbridge residents voted to approve a 75¢ per $1,000 of assessed property value for Parks.  Park land and programming have increased 60% in the past 13 years, while the tax rate has declined to 57¢ per $1,000.   The levy lid lift, Proposition 1, seeks to reinstate the 75¢ per $1,000 rate, meaning an increase of roughly $12.08 per month on a $850,000 home.

 

What will Parks do with the additional funds?

Parks will continue maintenance of existing land and facilities, fund necessary deferred maintenance projects and expand human resources to keep all operations running well. 

 

What if the levy does not pass?

By the year 2024, Parks would need to make significant budget cuts because current revenue is not keeping up with inflation and growth. A vote against the measure would mean reduced levels of park maintenance and services that Bainbridge Island currently enjoys.   It would mean many of the deferred maintenance projects would remain unfinished, and new projects will not be possible unless there are offsetting budget cuts.  It is important to note that Parks has the same number of full-time staff (42) in 2021 as it did in 2008, there has been no increase in full-time staff in 13 years. 

 

I’m a Senior on fixed income, I am not sure I can afford it.

Written into the Proposition is an exemption for qualifying low-income senior citizens, veterans and persons with disabilities.  The specifics of this will be determined by the state, but Parks recognizes and honors those for whom voting YES may cause financial hardship.

 

How does the potential BAC purchase figure in this?

Park Commissioners voted to ask the community for a levy lid lift prior to the opportunity to purchase the Bainbridge Athletic Club (BAC) came to light.  BAC is a stand-alone, revenue generating entity, not dependent upon levy funds.  Parks intends to continue the existing operational model and increase programming and classes to cover facility costs. The Park Commissioners feel confident in staff’s ability to positively manage the BAC. 

 

What does passage mean for the swimming pool?

The Ray pool, built in 1971, needs substantial improvements to prevent an imminent failure.  Passage of the levy will provide resources to address those aging problems. 

 

A vote for the future

A YES vote is a vote for the future.  Voting yes will insure today and tomorrow’s generations continue to enjoy the parks and recreation facilities which are the centerpiece of Island life and the community we share.  As a friend put it, “why not support parks?”.   Through the work of many, and the generosity of those who came before us, we enjoy a robust park district.  Yoting YES for this levy lid lift will continue in that spirit of meeting our current needs and fostering flourishing parks and recreation for future generations.

 

Thank you for your support!