Metropolitan Park District FAQs

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What is a Metropolitan Park District (MPD)?

A MPD is a junior property taxing district with special taxing authority for the management, control, improvement, maintenance, and acquisition of parks, pathways, boulevards, recreational facilities, programs, and services.

How much will this cost?

The Tumwater Metropolitan Park District Board will set the tax rate. Current projections have targeted revenues for the first five years of the district at $1.5 million annually which at 2019 assessed values would be a rate of 45 cents per $1,000 assessed property value. The rate increases in 2026 to 75 cents per $1,000 assessed property value generating projected revenue of $2.5 million annually.

How will MPD revenue be collected?

The MPD tax will be a component of property owners’ annual Thurston County property tax assessment administered by Thurston County.

What area is included within the MPD?

The Tumwater MPD includes the entire area within the municipal boundaries of the City of Tumwater as they currently exist as well as they may exist as the result of future annexations.

Who pays this tax?

Property owners within the boundaries of the City of Tumwater pay this tax.

Would this tax expire?

The tax does not expire.

Who governs the Tumwater MPD?

The MPD is governed by the Tumwater Metropolitan Park District Board consisting of the Tumwater City Council.

When will the tax go into effect?

The tax will appear on tax bills beginning in 2019.

Can MPD funds be used for other City of Tumwater needs?

No, by state law, MPD funds can only be utilized for parks and recreation-related facilities, programs, and services.

How will MPD revenue be spent?

MPD funds will be spent on park development, maintenance, trails and recreational programs and facilities as outlined in the Parks and Recreation Plan or annual capital and operating budgets approved by City Council.

Who determines what the MPD revenue will be spent on?

The City Council, in its role as the Tumwater Metropolitan Park District Board, will approve the MPD budget.

 

Need More Information?

If you have additional questions or need more information about the proposed Metropolitan Park District, contact Chuck Denney at cdenney@ci.tumwater.wa.us, or call (360) 754-4160.