Two Toledo city councilmen said today they will ask for their colleagues’ support next week to add a 1-mill levy to the November ballot for funding recreation programs and parks.
The 10-year levy would cost the owner of a typical $60,000 house in Toledo $18 a year. It would raise an estimated $3 million annually for parks and recreation operations, councilmen Lindsay Webb and Steve Steel said.
The request follows months of committee meetings during which community leaders researched the city’s recreation infrastructure, programming,and financing needs. What they found was Toledo lags far behind most other communities in providing recreational opportunities to its residents.
“We’re so far behind,” Mr. Steel said. “There’s been 40 years of decline and neglect.”
The councilmen said they believe enough people in the community care about their parks that there will be enough support to pass the levy.
If the levy is approved, the money would go into a special fund and be used solely for recreation and parks. The councilmen said that’s necessary to avoid cuts to recreation budgets during difficult times.