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Urge support for Portage parks levy

Published: April 1, 2014 4:00 AM

We hope we can count on you to vote in favor of Issue 10 to support our Portage parks.

Our beautiful parks are in a crisis situation and do not have stable funding. The use of our parks keeps our citizens happier and healthier.

We have especially enjoyed the expansion of the hike and bike trails. Our family has benefited from the use of the parks for many years.

A small amount of money will ensure all of our families have open space for years to come. Please go to the polls on May 6 and vote "Yes" for Issue 10.

Ken and Debbie Parshall, Kent

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TaggR Apr 2, 2014 11:09 AM

"Ever notice how the freeloaders on society always call taxpayers whiners?"

Reading the RC on a daily basis, no I haven't noticed little whiner.
I do see you everyday whining about those that support their community and wish
to pass levies to show their support and make a better community.
  I also support this levy because I support our park system. As a taxpayer I have that right. Your constant whining is not going to change how we feel. 

little_r_republican Apr 2, 2014 7:30 AM

Commercial and industry property owners really don't pay teh tax as they pass it on in their prices.

Ever notice how the freeloaders on society always call taxpayers whiners?

TaggR Apr 1, 2014 1:12 PM

Gee, let's start charging for passes to use the roads, sidewalks, schools. The heck with public parks and public roads or anything public for that matter. Let's do as childofgod says and charge access fees for everything. It's only fair. We have to be fair right? 

Ever notice it is the same negative whiny people day after day posting here?
See below.

childofgod Apr 1, 2014 12:52 PM

little_r_republican makes a really valid point. If only property owners [commercial and industry property owners pay property taxes too] pay the tax for the parks, then they should get "Park Cards" which intitle them to visit the parks at NO additional cost. Others could buy Access Cards at a cost similar to what we pay in taxes via this levy. ... This idea is so much more fair than just asking property owners to always fork over more money. This idea is fair and I suspect would stimulate more voters to support the Park tax. Let's give students, renters and visitors a chance to support the parks. A daily - monthly - yearly pass for non-property owners is the way to go. Let's be fair about this.

little_r_republican Apr 1, 2014 12:22 PM

I suppose these property tax increase supporters argue that only the residential property owners benefit from the parks therefore they must pay for them too. Clearly the value of my home will incrase just because I live in Ravenna.

Then too, since only residential property owners are going to pay for the parks, maybe only they should be allowed to use them. All others users must purchase a daily or annual pass.

redleg6 Apr 1, 2014 9:46 AM

Lets get the roads/bridges/sidewalks fixed before we vote to have more asphalt trails to scar the landscape.