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Summit Metro Parks Proposes Levy Increase On March Ballot

Summit County voters will decide March 17 on a tax hike that would bring additional funding to Summit Metro Parks. The levy, which accounts for 90 percent of the park system’s funding, covers the parks’ operation, maintenance and conservation efforts.

Park trails and lands have grown by more than 50 percent since the last levy increase in 2006, Summit Metro Parks spokesperson Stephanie Walton said.

“Since the last funding increase, the park district has really continued to expand and it’s time for our funding to catch up with that,” Walton said.

The current 1.46 mill levy was last renewed in 2013. The proposed increase would round up to 2 mills and would last for nine years rather than seven. The hike would increase homeowner property taxes by $1.58 a month per $100,000 of home valuation, bringing the total monthly bill to $5.05 a month, or $60.54 per year.

The community is supportive of the increase, Walton said. The 2013 renewal proposal was approved by 75 percent of Summit County voters.

“Parks just really add to our quality of life and increase our property values, and really make Summit County a wonderful place to live,” Walton said.

Summit Metro Parks manages 14,300 acres of land. That includes 16 parks and six conservation areas, with more than 150 miles of trails.

Correction: A previous version of this story had an incorrect total monthly tax rate.

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