To the Editor:
As Mayor of Port Clinton, I would like to express my support for the 0.6-mill Park District of Ottawa County levy on the ballot on Nov. 3. This decision is supported by the results of a countywide survey showing a high level of support.
This levy will cost the average property owner $21 for $100,000 of assessed tax value of their property, will run for a 10 years and generate $1 million of annual income. This income will be used to complete ongoing projects, allow for implementation of the Ottawa County Active Transportation Plan, development and extension of the North Coast Inland Trail eastward into all of Ottawa County, and enable the Park District to partner with other organizations that support improving the quality of water in Lake Erie and its tributaries.
Most significantly, the levy will provide funds to the Park District to enable access to significant federal and state grant money to execute projects in Ottawa County, which typically requires local match funds for a project to be kick-started locally.
The ongoing efforts of the Park District of Ottawa County District promise to enhance our communities and townships with increased opportunities that benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors. Their completed projects will encourage future private investments, spur job growth through new and existing business, and help to create another unique recreational option in Ottawa County.
Their efforts include protecting our wetlands and Lake Erie water quality, providing safe recreational opportunities for our citizens and working with local community groups, such as the Boy Scouts, to allow for a space for learning activities for their members.
The Park District’s projects will draw communities across Ottawa County more closely together, will augment existing regional strengths, and provide positive economic and quality of life benefits for years to come.
We believe the goals of the Park District of Ottawa County align with what we consider best for our communities — health, safety and future opportunity, while protecting our greatest natural resource, Lake Erie and her waterways.
We are happy to lend our support to the 0.6-mill Park District Levy. It is our hope citizens will join us in this support, and vote for the Park District Levy.