Watson community volunteers are holding a “Save Our Park” rally from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Live Oaks Sports Complex.
The event is to encourage residents to vote for a property tax renewal on the May 2 ballot to fund recreation, said Lee Hawkins, a board member of Livingston Parish Recreation District 2.
Free food, music and entertainment will be provided.
The Honky Tonk Playboys will perform.
Hawkins said the 15-mill assessment generates nearly $850,000 each year to fund the maintenance and general operation of the Live Oak Sports Complex and Watson Community Center, and that the renewal of the funding is necessary for those facilities to remain in existence.
Voters rejected the same tax proposition in December.
“Without this funding, we will have to shut down everything. We would not be able to maintain our facilities or the many youth sports programs that we provide to the community,” Hawkins said. “Recreation is an important part of the quality of life in Watson. Our programs give many children and adults opportunities to grow, exercise and play in a safe environment, close to home.”
Hawkins said the 15-mill assessment accounts for more than 80 percent of the recreation district’s yearly budget. The remaining revenues come from concessions, rentals, tournament fees and some grants, he said.
For more information about the recreation funding proposition or the “Save Our Park” rally, visit www.liveoaksports complex.com.