September 21, 2014

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ELECTION: Levy funds Hinckley Metropark

HINCKLEY TWP. — More than three-fifths of the funding for Cleveland Metroparks comes from levy taxes.

“We depend on levy support,” Metroparks spokeswoman Sue Allen said.

That’s why Allen urged Hinckley Township voters to support a 2.7-mill, 10-year levy on the Nov. 5 ballot. The tax money would support Hinckley Reservation, which is part of the Metroparks system.

The levy is a renewal with a 50 percent increase in millage.

Residents of Hinckley Township now pay $56.70 per year for a $100,000 home. If the levy passes, they would pay $88.20 per year.

Tax money goes to support maintenance of the parks — including restrooms, nature centers, roads and bridges. It also funds programming, like outdoor education and children’s nature events.

“The last time we went to voters was 2004,” Allen said. “We’re in the ninth year of a 10-year levy, so now we’re coming back.”

She said the parks system is debt-free and never borrows money.

“If we don’t have the money, we don’t buy it,” she said. “So funding the parks is really important.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.