November 23, 2014


Lorain County Metro Parks to ask for 10-year renewal levy

AMHERST — The Lorain County Metro Parks board will seek additional money from voters in November.

Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik said the board voted unanimously Thursday to ask voters to renew an existing 10-year, 1.3-mill levy with a 0.3-mill increase.

The levy now brings in about $7.9 million annually and provides the majority of the parks’ $10 million budget with the rest coming from revenue, grants and donations. If approved, the increased levy would generate roughly $9.8 million per year.

Some of that money will be used to make up losses that the park district has suffered in recent years, including a cut in local government funding from the state that cost the Metro Parks about $500,000.

The money also will be used to fund several projects, including new trails, Ziemnik has said.

Ziemnik said the Metro Parks goes out for a levy every 10 years and hopes to continue to enjoy the support of the voting public.

“We feel very confident in what we do,” he said.

The November ballot already is starting to fill up. School districts, cities and other county agencies are among those placing levies before voters in the fall and others are considering doing the same.

Ziemnik said the Metro Parks plan to stick to their once-every-10-years philosophy and focus on passing the levy rather than worry about what else is on the ballot.

“We don’t let the other issues affect ours,” he said.

If approved, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 would pay $50.31 per year, up from the $39.81 that would be collected from the owner of the same home under the current levy.

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  • Sis Delish

    2014: The Year of the Levy.

    • Mark B

      That is EVERY election day here in Hellyria and Lorain County.

    • Joe Smith

      Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry

  • Mark B

    NO NO NO NO , We cant afford another $50.00 a year , The library just took another $60.00 a year , LCCC just took another chunk , and the City of Elyria is in line with their hand out . Its time to stop voting your self a pay DECREASE ….

  • oldruss

    In county-wide levies, so far, we have the Metro Parks, and the Department of Children’s Services, and a likely Transit levy; together with a myriad of local school district levies and city or township levies.

    It’s just a nickel here and a dime there, but those nickels and dimes add up.

    AND, why is it always a property tax levy, so that homeowners and small businesses get it in the neck? Put on a sales tax increase to cover ALL these departments and agencies, etc. at one time. Then, everyone would get to contribute their fair share.

  • Bill_Bishop

    How is it considered a renewal when you’re asking for more money?? It’s plain and simple…. it’s a new tax.

    • golfingirl

      All renewals are in essence “new” taxes.

      If it does not get approved, it goes away.

      The day it is renewed, it becomes a “new” tax, since the the clock begins ticking all over again.

  • Joe Smith

    “The money also will be used to fund several projects, including new trails”

    We don’t need new trails if the trail for the taxpayer is going to be a trail of tears

  • tickmeoff

    It is a tax increase. How dare they insult our intelligence and claim it is a renewal.

    The wife and I are sitting in the parking lot at Day’s dam, we were waiting for her to finish a cell phone call. The Metro park ranger comes up out of the blue, to ask if my wife was all right. She isn’t crying, were not fighting. They need to mind their own damn business. If you make me uncomfortable, you will get no tax increase or renewal for that matter. I have supported every levy in the past, not this time!