JACKSON TWP.: Official results show nearly 60 percent of residents voted in favor of the Parks Department levy Tuesday night.
"We will be able to keep the parks maintained as they always have," Fiscal officer Randy Gonzalez said.
Township trustees have stressed the importance of passing the levy after voters rejected a similar issue last November. The issue on the ballot last year, which was rejected by 55 percent of voters, would have funded both the township’s Parks and Roads departments.
This levy will only fund the Parks Department and will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $31 a year in additional property taxes.
Gonzalez has said during past trustee meetings that the cost to run the parks department can be anywhere from $600,000 to $1.2 million year. This money currently comes from general fund, which has lost $1.8 million a year due state government funding cuts.
Gonzalez has also said that the Jackson Parks Department does not receive funding from the Stark County Parks levy, which did pass in November.