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Invest in parks for economic growth

Published: April 30, 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. These trails attract visitors to our county, who then shop in our stores and eat in our restaurants. Our neighboring counties have discovered that investing in their parks is a good economic strategy.

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. But they cannot compete for additional grant dollars to develop our parks without operating dollars in their budget to maintain them. Millions of dollars in grants that could improve our parks and trails are going to other counties instead.

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.

Kerry Macomber, Ravenna

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ramela Apr 30, 2014 3:01 PM

I don't see any way that the county would actually be able to collect the 10 dollars from every person. It doesn't seem like a feasible solution. It's a good idea in theory, but there are a 1000 good ideas in theory. Reality is a different story.

redleg6 Apr 30, 2014 9:28 AM

From above: Our neighboring counties have discovered that investing in their parks is a good economic strategy.

From: geaugeparkdistrict.org...2013 Report to the Public
Levy and Tax Income...$6,172,911....Personnel and Benefits...$4,051,333

2/3rds of the levy money in Geauge Park District goes to pay Personnel and Benefits. Is that a good economic strategy?

The Portage Park District wants us to be like the other counties.

From: summitmetroparks.org....2013 Annual Report

Real EstateTaxes....$15,922,673


Employee Benefits....$2,432,990...Plus $3,304,416 for Administration/Operations.

According to Common Core Math, that doesn't leave much money for the parks, after everybody gets their cut...The Portage County Park District wants to be like the other counties, they think it's a good economic strategy.

If the levy passes, maybe we can have unionized park employees and Park Rangers riding the Trails.

I think the Portage Park District Steering Committee, is steering way to the Left. They will want more money as they expand the bureaucracy.

"Tax and $pend, Tax and $pend, Tax and $pend"

NO on I$$UE #10



little_r_republican Apr 30, 2014 8:16 AM

As a long time residential property owner and tax payer I have yet to see any economic value in return for so few of us paying taxes for the parks for anyone and everyone to use. I have never seen the value of my property increase...quite the contrary ,it went down with the real estate bubble scam.

A much more equitqable tax would be to charge every man, woman and child in Portage county $10 per year. That would generate $1.6 million and create the economic growth and value being pushed for everyone...not just the residential property owners and taxpayers.