Levy important to county safety

To the Editor:

Please join me in supporting the Miami County Special Bridge Levy on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Miami County has two major rivers and a number of tributary streams that in many ways contribute significantly to our quality of life. However, it presents a constant challenge to maintain the over 3,000 bridges and culverts on the county, township, and local highway system.

Much has been accomplished since the levy was first approved in 1951. It is important to note that funds from the levy have been used to leverage federal and state funds, thus increasing the effectiveness of these local funds. Much remains to be done, however. Our bridges continue to age. It is essential they be maintained for the safety of school buses, fire response, agriculture, and the general public.

A YES vote is for RENEWAL and will NOT increase your taxes.

— Arthur “Ozzie” Haddad