Park director: Levy needed to keep community center open

Residents who enjoy strolling at the city's parks or spending time at the Bellevue Community Center can show their support for them with their vote in November.
Annie Zelm
Nov 5, 2011


Residents who enjoy strolling at the city’s parks or spending time at the Bellevue Community Center can show their support for them with their vote in November.

A 1-mill, five-year replacement levy is needed to fill the funding gap left when the state phased out the tangible personal property tax, recreation director Marc Weisenberger said.

It replaces a levy that’s been on the book for decades.

The city expects the new levy will bring in about $133,000 per year, a significant portion of the department’s $400,000 annual budget.

Without the levy, residents could see shorter hours at the Bellevue Community Center, fewer programs and a general lack of maintenance at the city’s parks. The city may also have to scale back some of its community events, such as the Bellevue Community Days Festival and holiday activities.

Heidi Musser, program coordinator for the Bellevue Recreation Department, said the Bellevue Community Center offers a variety of programs for people of all ages at a reasonable price.

“I think the Bellevue Recreation Department and specifically the Bellevue Community Center helps give our little town spirit,” Musser said.

WHAT: A 1-mill replacement levy to fund the Bellevue Recreation Department, which includes the Bellevue Community Center and the city’s parks.

WHY: The department expects to lose a total of $60,000 during the next two years because of the phasing out of the tangible personal property tax. The replacement levy is expected to make up about $38,600 of that gap.

COST: The levy affects all residents who live within city limits. The owner of a $75,000 home would pay $26.25 per year. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $35 per year — an increase of about $4.43 from the current rate.  Residents 65 and older who qualify for the Homestead Exemption will pay slightly less: About $23 on a $75,000 home and $30.63 on a $100,000 home.



Do not vote for this levy. The funds are not going to be used to vamp up parks or even the center. I have been to the center and it is very unclean and the fitness area is always very dusty. The thing is the director is always asking for volunteers to help with programs and everyone is hard up for jobs why would you wanna volunteer your time when you could be out looking for money. Also this is not a good time to ask for money. The center is self sufficent with having a rec club making money as well and the everyday profit. So it's not going to slow or cut back because then there would be no money coming in.

6079 Smith W

Sell off the BCC to a not-for-profit or a private concern and use the proceeds to pay for other much needed community services.



If you want to play you must pay freebee people need to get a job or don't go.............


That the problem the director gives to many freebees away thats why we gotta pay so much I vote no