By Deirdre McCrohan
The Strawberry Recreation District failed in its second attempt to get voter approval for a new community building on an election day of ups and downs for several key local measures Nov. 4.
Strawberry's Measure T, a proposed parcel tax for a bond measure to finance construction of a $3.5 million community building to replace the existing pool house, got just 54.02 percent of the vote, more than 12 points short of the 66.6 percent it needed to pass.
If approved, Measure T would have assessed property owners $14 per $100,000 of assessed valuation per year. For the average property owner, that would be about $126 per year, according to Strawberry Recreation District Manager Leann Kreuzer.
The $3.5 million was to be used, in part, to replace a 1,130-square-foot pool house, built about 1952, with a new 3,615-square-foot community building that would house a new pool house, one office, a catering kitchen and five meeting rooms.
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