Operation Recreation levy fails to pass


Voters say no to earned income tax increase

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com



TROY — The city of Troy residents voted against the Operation Recreation 2020 parks and recreation levy with 63 percent against and 37 percent for the issue on the May 2 ballot.

“It’s very disappointing. It’s unfortunate that perhaps we didn’t get the message out enough and what the impact it could have on the total community,” said Bobby Phillips, spokesperson for the levy.

Phillips said there are no current plans to revisit the issue at this time, but the committee would be evaluating the results.

Unofficial voting results were 792 voters for and 1,364 votes against the issue.

“We will reevaluate (this issue) and where we are and ask some questions around and see what the general consensus was,” Phillips said.

Operation Recreation 2020 levy was a proposed 10-year,.0 .25 percent earned income tax to raise $25.7 million for the Paul G. Duke Park expansion, Miami Shores golf course clubhouse renovation and driving range, upgrades to the facility at the Troy Senior Citizens Center and to add a $10 million second ice rink at Hobart Arena.

The funding would have only paid for the capital improvements and not operating costs such as staff and general operating expenses.

The November issue sought a 10-year, 2.01-mill recreation levy, but a clerical error on the ballot was discovered and the city pulled the issue from the polls.

Last January, Troy City Council voted 7-1 in favor of the proposed $25.7 million parks and recreation levy on the May 2 primary ballot for Troy voters to consider. The organization then reintroduced Operation Recreation with an earned income tax, adding a proposed $10 million second sheet of ice to its list of projects.

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Voters say no to earned income tax increase

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@civitasmedia.com

Reach Melanie Yingst at myingst@civitasmedia.com or follow her on Twitter at @TroyDailyNews

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