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Wildomar parks and a $28 annual tax on city property owners are the subject of a special Wildomar City Council meeting to be held Wednesday night.
The city is considering establishing a community facilities district and with it a special tax to keep Wildomar parks open. In doing so, staff is recommending city council consider researching the option of putting the issue to Wildomar voters in November or possibly in 2013.
If the city decides to move forward on a ballot initiative to fund its parks, it will mark the third time in recent years voters have been asked to consider the issue.
The parks have opened and closed several times in recent years because Wildomar officials contend there isn’t enough money in city coffers to maintain the facilities. The special tax is needed, officials have said, to keep the parks operational.
Wildomar has three parks: Marna O’Brien, Heritage and Windsong. ; the other two facilities are closed.
In 2006, voters approved a $28 annual special tax to keep Wildomar parks open, but that initiative was overturned as the result of the Fourth Appellate Court’s 2010 ruling in Beutz v. County of Riverside.
The special assessment was lifted in 2010 as a result of the court’s decision,
As a result, an initiative was redrafted and the $28 special annual tax was put to voters again on June 7, 2011.
Wednesday’s special meeting held at Wildomar City Hall, 23873 Clinton Keith Road, is open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. City residents are being encouraged to attend and voice their opinions on the issue. Click here to read the meeting's full agenda.