The Columbus Chamber of Commerce announces support for Franklin County Issue 3, which will appear before voters for the November 6, 2018 general election.
Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks (Metro Parks) is proposing to renew and increase a 10-year property tax levy for the purpose of maintaining, improving and developing the park district and trails, and wildlife and ecosystem conservation efforts.
Issue 3 proposes a rate of 0.95 mill for 10 years, commencing in 2019. The levy will replace the current 0.75 mill rate and increase by 0.20 mill (equivalent to $12.81 per year) for a total rate of 0.95 mill. This amount equates to $0.095 per $100 of property valuation.
Metro Parks has consistently proved to be good stewards of public dollars, keeping their promises made to voters over the last decade to support economic development, educational programs, and improve quality of life. While the renewal request is slightly higher than the previous levy, it is reasonable and aligns with community goals to support our rapidly growing region.
Trails and pathways throughout the region improve mobility, provide increased transportation options, connect people to jobs and amenities, decrease commute time, and promote environmental sustainability – all of which are important to the employer community. The Chamber strongly supports plans for expanded and improved integration of the trail network throughout the region.
The Columbus Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved the endorsement of Franklin County Issue 3 after a referral by the Columbus Chamber Government Affairs Steering Committee.
As with all endorsement processes, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce thoroughly vetted the proposal and feels confidant issuing our support. The Chamber works to ensure the best decision is made for our city, its people and its businesses.
Therefore, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce urges our Franklin County members and voters to approve Issue 3 on Nov. 6.