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Columbus Zoo Wants More Money From Franklin County Taxpayers

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium wants more money from taxpayers to pay for improvements and expansion. The zoo board voted Wednesday to put a permanent, 1.25-mill property-tax issue on the May ballot. It's the first time the board has asked for a continuing levy. The additional money would enable the zoo to build a downtown satellite facility, expand the aquarium, build a new animal hospital and make other improvements. The request now goes to Franklin County commissioners for approval. The current 10-year levy will expire in 2015. The current levy costs the owner of a $100,000 house in the county $21.29 a year in taxes. The 1.25-mill levy would more than double that, to $43.75 a year.