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Metroparks places first-ever levy on November ballot

WARREN — The Trumbull County MetroParks for the first time has placed an operating levy on the ballot to raise funds for projects and operations of the six parks and the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail.

The park board on Wednesday approved a 0.6-mill, 10-year operating levy on the Nov. 3 ballot to raise about $2 million for operations of the various venues throughout the county.

Zachary Svette, executive director of Trumbull County MetroParks, said the owner of a $100,000 home would pay approximately $22 per year.

“We decided to go with a levy. There are repair projects that need done on the bike trail and other work. The cost of everything is going up,” he said.

Svette said the metroparks receive $95,000 annually from the Trumbull County commissioners. He said repairs and work on the bike trail can be nearly $3 million.

The levy is countywide, so all residents would vote on the issue.

The Trumbull County MetroParks system includes Canoe City MetroPark and Thomas Swift MetroPark, both in Leavittsburg; Clarence Darrow MetroPark in Champion; North Road Nature Preserve in Howland; Eastlake MetroPark in Cortland and Foster MetroPark in Newton Falls, as well as the Trumbull County portions of the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail.

Funds will be used for the disc golf course in Champion, the bike trails, capital improvement projects and purchases. Aug. 6 is the deadline to place a levy on the November ballot.

The Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail is a large part of the park district, so a large portion of levy money would go toward maintenance and upkeep, such as replacing culverts and paving the worst sections, Svette said.

The next board meeting is 4:15 p.m. Aug. 26.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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