2011-10-29 / Editorials & Letters

Commissioners urge voters to approve levy for parks

Editor:

One of our county’s most precious assets is our parks system, which is made up of 18 properties and 23 historical structures. Two of these sites, Rock Mill and Stonewall Cemetery, have gained national prominence. Fairfield County also has more covered bridges than any other Ohio county. These assets can and should be developed. We believe our parks system could attract visitors from around the state, if not the county.

Most of the Fairfield County Historical Parks Commission funding comes from the county’s General Fund. With continued cuts from the state, this funding could be in jeopardy. A 10 year levy to fund the county’s Historical Parks is on the November 8th ballot, which would cost homeowners about $12.25 annually per $100,000 of property valuation, or about $1 per month.

With this additional funding, the parks will be able to preserve our history, expand operations and allow the outdoor recreational areas to be used by our residents. For the price of a covered dish you can save a covered bridge. We urge you to vote “Yes for Parks!”

Commissioner Mike Kiger
Commissioner Judy Shupe
Commissioner Steve Davis

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