Greenville Co. Rec Board Gives Go-ahead To Merger - WSPA.com

Greenville Co. Rec Board Gives Go-ahead To Merger

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A growing need for more parks and recreation in Greenville County is behind a merger that could cost you money. A growing need for more parks and recreation in Greenville County is behind a merger that could cost you money.

 

Updated: June 12, 2013

The Greenville County Recreation Board voted unanimously to dissolve and transfer all functions and assets over to the county.  

Now, Greenville County leaders will vote on the merger.  That vote will likely take place Tuesday.

If the merger is approved, all employees and assets will fall under Greenville County as of July 1.  Greenville Recreation properties will also fall under the county's budget.

Posted: June 10, 2013

In Greenville County, 55 facilities fall under the Greenville County Recreation District. That includes parts of the Swamp Rabbit Trail and the ice rink in Taylors.

Homeowners outside of city limits pay a recreation tax to the district to cover the cost of the parks. Now the district wants to merge with Greenville County to gain more revenue. That means your property taxes could go up by $20 a year.

"This was the best way to protect our interests so we could have great parks and great recreation programs five or six or ten or twenty years from now," said Director Gene Smith with the Greenville County Recreation Tax District.

Homeowners in Mauldin, Simpsonville, Greer and the City of Greenville could see the tax hike. That's because they will have to pay twice—once to their city recreation and to the county.

At the same time county homeowners could see their taxes go down since more people are paying taxes to county parks. The merger will also do away with out-of-district fees for city resident.

Those against the merger and the tax hike say this is bad timing. The Greenville County School District is also planning a tax increase. Others say the added tax revenue won't be enough to cover overall costs.

The Recreation District Board will take a final vote on the merger agreement Tuesday, June 11. There will also be a public hearing for you to voice your concerns.

The meeting starts at 5:30PM at the Pavilion Ice Arena on Scottswood Road in Taylors.

If you want to speak at the meeting, get there early because you must sign up before the meeting in order to speak.

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