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Editorial: Vote yes to keep open Johnny Appleseed parks

August 24. 2013 8:46PM
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Voters will be deciding the future of Johnny Appleseed Park District on Tuesday.

Failure of the levy could result in the park district staff being laid off by yearís end and its 12 parks being locked and closed to the public. What income is left remaining would be used to pay property insurance, liability insurance, unemployment compensation and basic utilities.

The only way around that, should the levy fail Tuesday, would be for it to win approval in a return to the ballot in November.

To keep the parks open, people owning a $50,000 home must be willing to pay $11 a year. Thatís a small price for a great park system. Thatís why we urge voters to pass the 0.75-mill replacement levy being sought. It is the same millage residents have paid since 1993. It will raise $1.2 million, which is 80 percent of the park districtís total budget. State legislative changes to Ohioís tax code has caused the need for a replacement levy.

The 12 parks offer a variety of educational programs and activities such as fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking and swimming.

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