In 2010, the existing Metro Parks levy expires. This is the primary source of funds for the Metro Parks. Issue 1, the new levy, will allow Metro Parks to continue to operate clean, well-maintained, safe parks that are open daily throughout the year and are free to the public. It will allow them to continue to acquire and manage natural areas to protect wildlife and water resources.
Consider Biking supports the Metro Parks levy for many reasons. First and foremost, the Parks offer varied opportunities for healthful recreation, notably the opportunity for kids and adults to ride bicycles in a safe environment. We also support the levy because the Metro Parks have indicated that they would assume maintenance of the greenway trails in Columbus. The City has been forced to cut the maintenance expenses for these heavily used multi-use paths (e.g., the Olentangy Bike Path) due to the city’s budget crisis. Management by the Metro Park system would provide reliable, sustainable, long-term needs for these critical bicycle arteries!
The proposed levy is a 0.75-mill property tax, which will cost a Franklin County homeowner about $23 per year per $100,000 appraised residential value.
You can learn more about this issue here or by calling (614) 891-0700. Vote yes on Issue 1, the Metro Parks levy on the May 5th ballot. In many areas, it will be the only issue on the ballot. Every vote really will count.
I don't think I could say it any better than GET OUT THERE AND VOTE YES ON ISSUE 1!
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