The Sisters Park & Recreation District levy was approved in Tuesday’s primary election.

The five-year levy is expected to raise more than $200,000 each year for the park district to expand programs and events and pay for needed maintenance.

It will supplement the district’s existing tax base, approved in 1998, that collects 22 cents per $1,000 assessed value, or $60.72 per year for a homeowner with a house assessed at $276,000. The same homeowner would pay an additional $41.40 per year for the new levy.

Fees for after-school programs and youth sports would become more affordable from the 5-year-levy, according to the district.

Youth sports programs such as the district-run preschool and middle school sports would also be able to be maintained. And senior health and fitness programs could be expanded.

The levy would help to address about $270,000 in deferred maintenance projects and set a scheduled maintenance program for the Coffield Community Center, district-owned baseball and softball fields, skate and bike parks and a disc golf course.

In addition, levy funds would be used for district-hosted community events, including a luau, Kids Appreciation Day, annual lacrosse and basketball tournaments, the Glory Daze Car Show and community dinners.

— Reporter: 541-617-7820,