The Voters, in 2000, established an Open Space / Conservation Fund, levying $0.01 on the tax rate for the conservation / acquisition of open spaces. In subsequent years, voters approved widening the scope of the fund to include acquisition of lands for recreation and for maintenance and enhancement of our Nature Parks.
In the years since it was established, the City has acquired, conserved, or participated in a partnership to purchase eight properties totaling over 635 acres of land. These include the Scott Property, Leduc Properties, Goodrich Parcel, Underwood Property, and most recently in 2018, the Auclair properties. The Fund has also been used for the maintenance / enhancement of Nature Parks in the community.