, 2022-10-16 04:59:54,
- The Coshocton City and County Park District is seeking a renewal of a 10-year, 0.5-mills levy generating about $342,000 a year.
- Money goes not only to support Lake Park, but parks in Coshocton, West Lafayette, Warsaw, Bakersville, Conesvilles, Plainfield, Tiverton, Nellie and New Castle.
- If the levy would fail, Lake Park would most likely need to cutback on hours of operations and maintenance would fall behind.
- Work at Lake Park with levy money has included upgrades to the aquatic center and pavilion, LED lights, security cameras and more.
COSHOCTON − Preserving a major tourist attraction and a recreation opportunity for locals is at the heart of the only county-wide levy on the fall general election ballot.
The Coshocton City and County Park District is seeking renewal of a property tax levy for 10 years at 0.5 mills. It generates more than $342,000 a year. It first passed in 2013.
Funding not only helps Lake Park and its affiliated facilities, but parks across the county. About $74,500 goes annually to parks in Coshocton, West Lafayette, Warsaw, Bakersville, Conesville, Nellie, New Castle, Plainfield and Tiverton.
Lake Park Executive Director Tammi Rogers, who replaced the retired Lori Everhart earlier this year, said levy dollars goes to general operations and needs for all the different parks. The includes maintenance, equipment, supplies, security and facility repairs and renovations.
For Lake Park, this has included upgrades to the aqueduct bridge, installing 16 security cameras, replacing path lighting with LED lights and work to the pavilion including a new roof, painting and HVAC system. The aquatic center has received new umbrella covers, concrete repairs, a new pool floor, fencing under the slides and more.
Lake Park is about 500 acres and includes an aquatic center, pavilion, picnic shelters, campgrounds, ball fields, horse pasture, canal boat, lake with fishing and walk paths. An area called hilltop is home to the Indian Mud Run adult obstacle course and a group is forming a new disc golf course.
More than 250,00 people come into the park a year. Other funding includes donations from the Friends of the Park, grants and fees for using amenities of Lake Park like the aquatic center, campground and canal boat. They have about 45 employees, with some being seasonal.
If the levy would fail, Rogers said they would have to make a lot of tough choices regarding not only basic upkeep, but hours of operation. This could mean the aquatic center being…
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