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Metro Parks Launches Voter Campaign

Backers of a proposed tax levy to fund area Metroparks will kick-off their campaign today for the May ballot.

Metroparks is asking voters for a 10-year three-quarter mill tax levy to help operate 15 parks and develop a new Metropark in the New Albany area. Metroparks Director John O'Meara says economic conditions will make the levy a tough sell. The parks levy also shares the May ballot with money requests from a handful of local school districts in Franklin County.

"I think they are somewhat separate issues. Obviously, schools are important to their communities. We believe the parks are as well. The parks fortunately are a much lower tax bill item on there. The voters obviously, I think, make independent decisions as to whether they are going to support each issue."

O'Meara says the proposed Metroparks Levy will generate about $21,500,000 per year and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $23.00 dollars annually. Voters will decide the issue on May 5th.