It took six tries over nearly 20 years, but the Portage Park District passed a funding levy Tuesday.
Issue 10, a 0.5-mill, 10-year additional levy passed 12,172 to 10,289, according to complete but unofficial results from the Portage County Board of Elections.
The levy will bring in $1.63 million annually starting next year. The levy will cost the owner of a property with a $100,000 market value about $17.50 per year, or less than $1.50 per month.
Supporters gathered at the Rusty Nail in Twin Lakes were all smiles as election results came in. Votes in favor of the levy led from the outset, and by the third report, district Executive Director Chris Craycroft was beginning to agree it might win.
“I’m waiting for the final (report), been there done that,” she said of anticipating victory that didn’t come.
Others weren’t so hesitant. “We’re in!” said Marilyn Sessions. This was the district’s sixth try for a levy since it was formed in 1991. Voters said “no” to levies in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2008.
Craycroft credited the success to this campaign’s well-organized and motivated committee.
“We gotta give it up to an awesome committee and supporters. Everybody was working so hard,” she said.