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Area resident against Metro Parks levy

10/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

Vote NO on Issue 2.

The Metro Parks, Serving Summit County has asked us to approve a renewal levy, Issue 2, on November 5.

The current levy was passed in 2006 and has one more year to run. The levy passed in 2006 was an increase. The renewal, if passed, will continue that increase for seven more years.

In a public meeting hosted by [Akron] Ward 10 Councilman Gary Moneypenny, Nathan Eppink, chief of marketing and communications for the Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, acknowledged that the Metro Parks carried over a budget balance of $16 million from 2012. This was confirmed by myself by obtaining budget statements from the Metro Parks for 2012 and 2013, year to date.

It is my opinion that the Metro Parks are over funded and this levy renewal is unjustified. It is my opinion that the activities promoted by the Metro Parks are inadequate to meet the outdoor recreational needs of the people of Summit County. I advocate a NO vote, and ask that the Metro Parks staff and commissioners either promote a more diverse mix of outdoor recreational activities, or come back with a reduced levy request should this vote fail.

John Ashley, Akron

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