Election 2015: Kuna voters to decide whether to create recreation district

Voters on May 19 will decide whether to create the Kuna Recreation District, a special-purpose taxing district separate from the city of Kuna. The district’s primary purpose would be to build and operate an indoor aquatic and recreation center.

All residents within the proposed district, which includes portions of Ada and Canyon counties and roughly follows the Kuna School District boundaries, are eligible to vote in the election. At least half of voters must support the district for the measure to pass.

Creating the district would implement a property tax levy for recreation district operations. All property owners within the district must pay the levy, estimated at $19.37 to $32.28 a year for the median Kuna homeowner.

To finance construction of the aquatic center, the district would have to hold a separate bond election, which would require two-thirds majority voter approval. Combined with the existing district levy, the estimated cost to homeowners would be $87.51 to $100.42 a year. The levy estimate for agricultural land ranges from $.06 to $1.73 per acre.

If voters create the district, the governor would appoint three board members to oversee it.

Initial plans call for holding a $15 million bond election in November. If the bond is approved, the recreation center would be built at Deer Flat and Kay roads across from Kuna High School.

Recreation center plans also call for partnering with the Kuna Boys & Girls Club, which would offer its youth recreation programs and amenities. The Kuna Recreation District would not fund the Boys & Girls Club, but locating a club within the proposed aquatic center complex reduces the money needed and shortens the timeline for achieving a year-round program. The nonprofit organization would need to do its own fundraising to pay for its programs.

Click here for more information from the city of Kuna about the proposal.