Flexible Funding

Thank You! A Vote on Flexible Funding for Park Improvements

On May 2, Wyoming voters were asked to change and approved the way dollars can be spent under the dedicated Library Maintenance millage. At the time, any funds collected from the millage were only able to be used to support the Wyoming library building. The vote gave the community greater flexibility in utilizing dollars to make much-needed capital improvements to Ferrand, Gezon, Ideal and Jackson parks.

This request did not result in an increase in the amount of millage collected and will not cost taxpayers an extra penny.

In the last two years, more than $650,000 has been spent on improvements and upgrades to the Wyoming library, working to ensure that significant capital investment will not be needed until the year 2027. The same cannot be said for the City’s Parks, which need an estimated $23 million in capital improvements to maintain the quality, caliber and safety of our park system.

The Parks and Recreation Department has lived off the same millage revenue -- with no increases -- for the last 20 years. Since 1995 expenses have increased, while income from the operating millage has decreased. The current millage of 1.5 mills, which annually captures $2.9 million, is used to fund recreation programs, maintenance services and basic facility upkeep; but cannot adequately fund major capital improvements which typically cost $100,000 to $600,000 per project.

The result of the vote does not and will not reduce Kent District Library services and does not affect the City’s ability to maintain its library.