The proposed Lynden Regional Park and Recreation District bond issue to build a new recreation facility and swimming pool has some folks concerned about its financial impact on senior citizens and those who are disabled. Whether they support the bond issue on the Nov. 6 ballot or not, I encourage seniors and disabled persons to check out a program that may help them.
Homeowners who are at least 61 years old or unable to work due to a disability may be eligible for a property tax exemption if their annual household disposable income doesn't exceed $35,000. Eligible participants must be the owner and occupant of a single-family dwelling, mobile home, or one unit in multi-unit or cooperative housing.
This property tax exemption program is available regardless of whether this bond issue passes or not. For more information, call the County Assessor's Office at 360-676-6790.
Even if you're not eligible for this program, please consider voting for the 30-year bond issue that would create a new facility to be leased by the YMCA. The rate is estimated at $28 per $100,000 in assessed valuation, which would be $70 for the owner of a $250,000 home.
The YMCA and the swimming pool have added greatly to the Lynden community for many years. It's neither feasible nor prudent to pay $1 million-plus for the repairs the current city-owned facility needs. Please join me in voting yes on Nov. 6.