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The Suburbanite
  • Jackson park levy ‘yes’ votes lead

  • With final election results still not announced late Tuesday night, the pro-Jackson Township parks levy vote was up by more than 600 votes.

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  • Voters Tuesday approved the township’s additional five-year 1-mill parks levy, according to preliminary results.
    Votes for Issue 10 led 2,570 to 1,731, or 59.8 percent to 40.3 percent.
    “I feel pretty good,” Township Fiscal Officer Randy Gonzalez said before a complete tally was released. “It’s too early to call. I’m happy we’re up 60/40 rather than being down.”
    Starting next year, homeowners in the township would, see their tax bills rise by $30.63 a year for every $100,000 their home is valued.
    Township officials have pledged to spend the $1.23 million a year raised by the levy on operating the township’s seven parks, restoring after-dusk hours for walking tracks in North Park and Fisher Park hours and recalling a laid-off parks worker. The money would offset much of the loss of revenue due to slashed local government funding and the state’s repeal of the tangible personal property tax and the estate tax.
    If the “no” votes had prevailed, Gonzalez said the township would not have had money to maintain the parks out of the general fund. The trustees would have had to lay off park workers, cease parks maintenance except for contracted mowing and eliminate park events.
    Carrie Dolan voted “yes” because she believes the levy would benefit her family.
    “My kids use the park, so it is definitely worth it,” she said.
    Reach Robert at 330-580-8327 or robert.wang@cantonrep.com.
    On Twitter: @rwangREP
    Repository writer Denise Sautters contributed to this report.