Portage Park District seeks 0.5 mills tax on May ballot

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The Citizens for Portage Parks has launched its campaign asking voters to support a 0.5-mill operating and improvement levy for the Portage Parks on the May 6 primary ballot.
Tom Clapper, chairman of the Citizens for Portage Parks Levy Steering Committee, said, “Since July 2013, we have conducted an educational campaign about the incredible value of our Portage parks. The feedback was overwhelmingly supportive for the park district.
A 0.5-mill operating levy is projected to cost the $100,000 homeowner $17.50 per year or less than $1.50 per month.
Revenues from the levy will cover operating and improvement costs enabling the parks to develop more hike and bike trails, open more parkland, enhance public programming and address much needed maintenance.
“The park district has 1,300 acres and 14 miles of hike and bike trails, but 838 acres of park land cannot be open to the public due to lack of funding,” said Chris Craycroft, executive director and the only full-time employee of the parks. “We know our parks are popular, but we need stable funding to maintain and improve them.”
— Mike Sever, Record-Courier

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