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Invest in Portage by investing in parks

Published: April 21, 2014 4:00 AM

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

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little_r_republican Apr 23, 2014 11:42 AM

for tiggy:

Scalia ... his suggestion to revolt at a certain point drove liberal talking heads to froth at the mouth in anger! (Which is always fun.)

Justice Scalia also reminded the crowd that we have the right and the duty to speak out against the government when we feel the need.

“You’re entitled to criticize the government, and you can use words, you can use symbols, you can use telegraph, you can use Morse code, you can burn a flag,”


little_r_republican Apr 22, 2014 12:53 PM

tiggy...I thought it was you posting as redleg.

clamandy Apr 22, 2014 12:00 PM

This levy increases annual monies from just under $100K to $1.6M.  Nice increase.  No.  I love the parks.   No.

TaggR Apr 22, 2014 11:39 AM

little whiner you are hypocrite that complains about anything and everyone.
 We all see it everyday in your post. And when you post as redleg. 
Your political sarcasm is not appreciated around here. We prefer facts. Not twisted truths to fit your agenda.

stanback Apr 22, 2014 8:17 AM

Only property owners (including myself) will pay this tax, if approved by voters, because that is the way local taxation is structured. That same structure has only property owners paying for school levies, fire levies, police levies, etc. Does that make it right, NO, but if you don't like the taxation structure, spend your energy trying to get it changed. Do not spend your energy taking potshots at people who are disabled and blind. The problem I have is that your comments make it appear that you look at these people, as Mitt Romney did, as  people who are looking for a handout. You can try to hide your lack of compassion for people less fortunate than you by using the "sarcasm" card but that is NOT what it is.

little_r_republican Apr 21, 2014 6:54 PM

Stan...how do you reconcile that ONLY residential property owners must pay this tax?

little_r_republican Apr 21, 2014 6:51 PM

Poor tiggy is an absolute idiot progressive. He fails to comprehend sarcasm as all highly intellectual progressives are prone. He obviously doesn't pay any tax, property or otherwise. He. Lives off opm and demands a free living off taxpayers, retires or not. I suppose he is a typical non working person who maybe has become indoctrinated in liberalism by liberals who have never worked for a living. I would also suspect his giving to charity is like obama...less than 0.1 %.

little_r_republican Apr 21, 2014 6:43 PM

Poor intellectual tiggy is a typical progressive who cannot understand sarcasm. He is so typical of an utter outrageous idiot who views himself as superior to taxpayers. He is obviously superior in intelligence to those of us who actually pay property tax, any tax. And we, will be Venezuela in less than 5 years.

stanback Apr 21, 2014 2:06 PM

If you don't want to vote for the levy, don't vote for it. Taking shots and disabled and blind people, however, makes one wonder what happened in your life that makes you so extremely bitter and negative. It benefits all, including yourself, to at least pretend that compassion is part of your makeup.

rtawney Apr 21, 2014 1:45 PM

little_r_republican those pizzas you talk about have long ago been taken away by taxes.  To think about it, my beer money has been take away too, my vaction fund is only large enought to get me to  Rootstown for a day. I am almost to the point where cat food is the only meal I can afford. So you can take your investing some where else. Im done investing. Im voting no.

TaggR Apr 21, 2014 1:42 PM

The proud republican poster below is a complete and utter idiot, unrefined trash that only looks out for his own wealth and well being. He contributes absolutely nothing to the betterment of mankind. Is he the poster child of the republican party?   

little_r_republican Apr 21, 2014 10:36 AM

The levy just falls way too short of what is needed. It should be three to 10 times higher to equipt all the parks with ADA compliant facilities and restrooms. In addition there should be an information desk staffed all daylight hours of operation. Tour guides shold be provided and even valet parking for the disabled and blind. The cost should only be one or two pizza's per week for residential property owners. All the visitors and non residential property owners deserve a better park life in Portage county. All the parks should also have sererate bridle paths to protect them from bikers and joggers.

Or....maybe there are some other fund rasiing alternatives to another tax on fixed income retires who own their own house as well as those paying a mortgage on a home.