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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

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League endorses Metro Parks levy

Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2009

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus has endorsed the Metro Parks levy appearing on the May 5 primary election ballot.

The League’s board of trustees voted unanimously at its Monday night meeting to support the 10-year, 0.75-mill property tax. The trustees had rigorously discussed both sides of the levy prior to the vote. “At a modest cost to property tax payers, voters get a clean, safe park system,” said Scott Britton, the League’s vice president for advocacy. “The need for a quality park system is greater now than ever with the increasing urbanization of central Ohio.”

The League’s research indicates that the levy funds will be used wisely. “It is a good time to buy land for future parks, as prices are low, and the funding from the levy will also be used to provide free programs for school youth and seniors,” Britton said. “Not only will three new parks be built in Franklin County, but Big Darby and other sensitive natural areas will be protected."

Britton said that League members discussed the concern that many taxpayers are facing financial challenges resulting from the national economic downturn. In the end, however, the League determined that an increase of only about $10 per year on a $100,000 home is a small price to pay for the exceptional services provided by Metro Parks.