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Counting on faith: Rec district goes to voters

ONTARIO – Supporters of an independent recreation district in Ontario are gearing up for a final push to convince voters to approve the plan. 

City voters face a measure creating a district with the same boundaries as the Ontario School District. The new agency would come into existence in January and run on property taxes with a rate of 55 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. 

The district idea began as a grass-roots endeavor last spring spearheaded by Ontario resident Mary Jo Evers. Evers, who is the finance director for the school district, got involved after she learned budget woes meant the elimination of the city recreation department. 

Evers said she is excited about what a recreation district would mean for Ontario residents. 

“I hope people see what we are going to do and . . .