As a long-time resident of Portage County, I have enjoyed watching the positive changes that have taken place in our county over recent years. Despite a sluggish national economy, the communities in our county have been making strides with growth and development.
One of the best examples of positive growth and development is the hike and bike trails that have opened since 2008. In addition to improving our own residents' quality of life, these trails attract visitors to our county, who then shop in our stores and eat in our restaurants.
Our Portage Park District has shown that they are good stewards of public funds and have brought in over $8.5 million in grants and donations. They achieve remarkable things on a tiny budget. But they cannot compete for additional grant dollars to further enhance and develop our parks without operating dollars in their budget to maintain them.
As a taxpayer in the State of Ohio, I strongly support Issue 10 in support of the Portage Park District. I recognize that many believe that we shouldn't have any more taxes, but our democratic system allows us to support what we believe is important. I strongly believe that our park system is important, and we should keep it thriving. The amount that is being asked of us is very small.
Please invest in our county by investing in our parks so they can continue to be a strong participant in the economic revitalization of our county. Vote for Issue 10 on May 6 or before in early voting.
Michael Bruder, Kent