Lisa Batey

Milwaukie Mayor Lisa Batey presents to the Rotary Club on March 14 at the Elks Lodge on McLoughlin Boulevard.

If the county would like Milwaukie to remain in the parks district, Mayor Lisa Batey said this month, then it should complete the long-awaited construction at Milwaukie Bay Park and ask district residents to increase property taxes for park services.

Batey noted that 54% voters within the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District turned down a tax-increase proposal in 2014, but the measure passed within the Milwaukie portion of NCPRD. Batey is hopeful that the county board will again refer a measure to NCPRD voters who she hoped would be even more receptive to increasing funding for parks than they were a decade ago.