Hamilton County Voters Pass Great Parks Levy
By Mike Perleberg
Miami Whitewater Forest near Harrison. File photo.
(Hamilton County, Oh.) – Voters in Hamilton County voted to support their park system on Election Day.
A replacement tax levy for Great Parks of Hamilton County passed with nearly 70 percent of voters checking for the levy. More than 265,000 voters supported the levy while 117,000 were against it.
The 1-mill, 10-year levy will cost about $35 in property taxes on a $100,000 home each year. The new levy will rescind the existing 2002 levy that is due to expire at the end of 2017.
Great Parks of Hamilton County officials have said that the new funding will help maintain and protect the park system’s 17,000 acres of green space, trails, waterways, and facilities. There are 21 parks, including Miami Whitewater Forest near Harrison and Shawnee Lookout near Cleves, that are part of Great Parks.
Historically, approximately 55 percent of Great Parks’ funding has come from property taxes.
Voters in Miami Township, Hamilton County passed another levy. The expense renewal levy passed with 66.6 percent of the vote. The 0.46-mill levy won’t raise taxes, costing about $13.78 for every $100,000 in valuation of a home.