Voters have until Tuesday (April 22) to return their ballots in a special election proposing the creation of a Methow Valley Recreation District and election of commissioners to govern the district.

Proposition 1 on the ballot asks voters to approve or reject “formation of a metropolitan park district under chapter 35.61 RCW (to) create a new municipal corporation, to be known as the Methow Valley Recreation district, possessing all the power provided to a metropolitan park district … with boundaries coterminous with the existing boundaries of the Methow Valley School District.”

Thirteen local residents are running for five at-large positions on a commission that would oversee the district.

The measure will be voted on by residents living within the boundaries of the Methow Valley School District, which extends from Mazama to Gold Creek.

Whether or not voters approve the proposition to create a new taxing district, voters will also choose five commissioners to run the district if it passes.

Ballots must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Okanogan County Auditor’s office by April 22. The office stays open until 8 p.m. that day, said Mila Jury, elections supervisor. Ballots can also be deposited in a ballot drop box in Pateros until 8 p.m. that day.