2012-02-25 / Editorials & Letters

Licking Park District levy endorsed

Editor:

The Board of Trustees of the Licking Land Trust unanimously supports the Licking Park District’s .25 mill operating levy. This amounts to only 2.5 cents for each $100 of valuation. We urge our members and all voters to approve this key quality of life measure on the March 6 ballot.

The Licking Park District manages and operates some 1,600 acres of public parkland along with caring for more than 25 miles of recreational trails and 24 miles of bike paths throughout Licking County. They also provide outdoor and nature programming for youth and adults. For years they have efficiently carried out this work on a shoestring budget provided from the Licking County general fund. This funding source has not kept pace with the needs and is frequently the target of County cuts. The Licking Park District needs a reliable source of funding to maintain the parks, paths and trails that are part of the quality of life in Licking County. More information on the Licking Park District and its careful stewardship of our tax dollars can be found at www.lickingparkdistrict.com.

Land is a finite resource. With the completion of the four lane 161/37/16 highway through Licking County, many rural areas will continue to face development pressure. According to the Mid- Ohio Regional Planning Commission, only about 1% of the area of Licking County, or 5,956 acres, is parks and preserves.

Preservation, maintenance and operation of the parks, paths and trails we currently have is a wise use of our tax dollars and will help protect the quality of life in Licking County. The Board of Trustees of the Licking Land Trust encourages your readers to vote in favor of the Licking Park District’s .25 mill operating levy.

Candi Moore
Chairman
Licking Land Trust
Board of Trustees


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