MIAMI COUNTY _ Miami County voters approved the Miami County Park District’s 1.5-mill operating levy to replace its current 1.1-mill levy this November.
According to unofficial election results, the levy passed by 60.33 percent to 39.67 percent with 13,509 votes for the levy and 8,883 votes against.
According to Miami County Park District Executive Director Scott Myers, the parks will welcome nearly 900,000 visitors through its gates by the end of 2017. That figure is estimated to surpass 2016’s attendance of more than 679,000 people.
This summer, the board of park commissioners approved to replace its current 10-year, 1.1-mill levy with a 10-year, 1.5-mill levy on June 27.
The existing levy of 1.1 millage will be canceled and replaced by the new proposed levy. The district is in the eighth year of the current 10-year levy.
The new operating levy would raise $3.4 million per year or $1.1 million more than the current levy.
The levy will cost $52.50 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home, or an additional $18 per year compared to the current levy.
The Miami County Park District has expanded from seven parks in 2001 to 15 parks in 2016 and has nearly doubled its park acreage from 1,290 acres to 2,116 acres in the same time period.
Park officials have said there are no current plans to add more parks to the current system. The long-term plan is to add additional bathrooms at the Lostcreek Reserve and expand the park district’s off-road bike trails and maintain the parks’ current infrastructure. Myers said the levy, if passed, will dedicate $100,000 per year to expand the off-road bike trail east and west of Piqua and tie-in to its nearby park systems in the future.
The park district has been operating at a 1.1-mil levy level since 2001.
For more information, visit www.miamicountyparks.com.
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