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Grand County to hear proposal for new rec district

Hank Shell
hshell@skyhidailynews.com

The Grand County Board of Commissioners will consider approval of a service plan for a new park and recreation district on July 21.

The proposed Three Rivers Park and Recreation District would share the bounds of the West Grand School District within Grand County.

A proposed service plan for the district identifies approximately $6.6 million in improvements that would be undertaken by the district, including a swimming pool, community center and vehicles.

The district would be funded in part by an assessed mill levy of 4.21 mills, according to the service plan. Agricultural land would be exempt from the mill levy.

The district's electorate must approve any mill levy.

The district would also be allowed to issue no more than $7 million in debt, according to its service plan.

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Other sources of funding include revenue from fees and grants.

Applicants for the district,, Rebecca Guthrie and Scott Spade, did not respond to requests for comment.

The service plan details the need for forming the district, stating that in the proposed area "there is a deficiency of recreational facilities and services available for the resident population."

Specifically, the service plan identifies a lack of "organized sporting and recreational activities" for both young people and seniors.

Applicants hope the district could also prop up the winter economy in West Grand County, according to the service plan.

"Year-round facilities will enhance and stimulate the local winter economy by providing greater recreation opportunities for tourists and winter residents and to augment recreation programs not currently available in the area," the plan states.

The estimated population of the district is about 2,450 people, according to the service plan.

Agricultural property would be excluded from the district's valuation and taxing due to state statutes that require written consent from such property owners to be included in the district.

The service plan estimates the district's 2017 operating budget would be $766,680.05, which comes mostly from its mill levy.

The public hearing will open at 8:30 a.m. but will be continued until 1 p.m.

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