Your vote could hit your wallet

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YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- Your vote this November might end up hitting your wallet. Besides choosing local leaders, there are some measures that require taxpayer money. You have a say in how you want to spend your money.

Katy Ulmer and her dog love strolling by Applewood Park in Naches.

"I walk by it or through it almost every day," said Katy.

A small park to play is just the place for Kai. Other people here like it too.

"It is the heart and center of the city and without that, I think we would lose a gem that we have here in this community," said Jeremy Freisz.

"Between the library and the park, those are the two main things that keep the kids going and out of trouble," said Tammy Archer.

Locals in Naches will get a chance to vote on paying more property taxes to support the Naches Park and Recreation District in November. If the proposition passes, the district would levy $95,000 in each of the next two years. It would cost property owners $60 a year for a $100,000 home.

"A lot of times we're forced to pay taxes on stuff we don't get to choose and when we get the choice to support something, I think we need to make those good choices," said Jeremy.

The taxes would cover general operating and equipment expenses for the parks.

Another local measure involving taxpayer money comes from the Wahluke School District. A replacement levy is on the ballot.

Property taxes would finance educational programs, maintenance and operation expenses. The proposed levy for 2015 and 2016 is the same rate as the current levy. The property tax breaks down to about $300 for a home worth $100,000.

Kittitas County does not have any local propositions on its ballot that are directly related to taxes.