As a citizen of Ravenna the last 40 years, I try not to get too downhearted about the evaporation of some downtown businesses to greener pastures. I have no control over that.
However, I do have control over voting to keep the Portage Park District a viable bright spot in our county. The bike trails, hiking paths, boating and fishing are great leisure activities that make life more enjoyable. Plus having these perks doesn't hurt the value of my house.
So for all of you (not only Ravenna) in Portage County that take pride in your community and home, vote "Yes" on Issue 10 to support Portage Parks.
Roger Black, Ravenna
I have some problems with this, too. I like the parks, I use 'em. But I'd like to know specifically what the plan is. What's the $$ to be used for? Opening some new areas to the public? That's good. But the woods are the woods. We don't really need buildings and such. A parking area is fine. It shouldn't be paved. The last time we saw all those "Keep Portage Green" signs, the result was to lay down 1000 cu.yds of asphalt through the woods. Completely unacceptable. Impermeable surfaces aren't green. If there is a path, crushed gravel is fine. People want to enjoy Nature, but don't seem to want to actually touch it. There are very few "improvements" to be made. So I'm leary of how a substantial budget would be used. To be honest, I'm pretty happy with the parks as they are.
From above: "Plus having these perks doesn't hurt the value of my house".
The more the county raises your propery value, the more money you have to pay in taxes/levys.
The increase value on paper, is meaningless, unless you plan to sell. I have been in the same house over 42 years, I am not going to sell. So I don't want anymore redistribution of my wealth by paying more taxes to finance Hikers and Bikeoholics, who think they are entitled to have asphalt and gravel trails to walk and bike on through the woods.... Parks for the kids is one thing, miles of trails for adults, funded only by Property Owners, is another.
NO on I$$UE #10