The coronavirus-delayed March 17 primary election finally came to a close Tuesday night, with unofficial results that will be adjusted as mail-in ballots trickle in. Official results are expected to be released May 8.
In Summit County, residents were asked to give a little more for Summit Metro Parks and on Tuesday night, the agency found that voters did so by a nearly 3-to-1 ratio.
The levy was boosted by 0.54 mills to 2 mills. It amounts to $5.05 a month or $60.54 a year per $100,000 home valuation for taxpayers.
Of that, the new millage would be about $1.58 per month per $100,000 home valuation, or less than $19 a year for the increase.
The length of the levy would also increase from seven to nine years. Collection would begin in tax year 2022 and continue through tax year 2030.
Unofficial results had the levy gaining approval 48,458, or 73.36% to 17,595, or 26.64%
"We are extremely grateful for the support the public has shown for their Metro Parks," said Executive Director Lisa King. "As responsible stewards of Summit County’s natural and financial resources, we will continue to fulfill our promise of providing a high-quality park experience for all to enjoy."
Residents will see this funding at work every day in the district’s 16 clean and safe parks and 150 miles of trails. To augment levy funding, Summit Metro Parks plans to continue to compete for grants that help keep large projects moving forward, the director said.
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