BG parks and rec to seek levy PDF Print E-mail
Written by By HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 11:31
Bowling Green voters will be asked to approve a 1.4 mill replacement levy for parks and recreation on the May 4 primary ballot.
City council Tuesday night suspended the rules, gave all three readings and unanimously supported two resolutions to place the question on the ballot. The filing deadline for May 4 issues is Feb. 18.
"The levy provides 37 percent of our funding," Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Michelle Grigore told council.
Although the 1.4 mill amount is the same as a levy that expires at the end of 2010, the replacement classification will cost taxpayers more money because the millage will be charged against the present property valuation. A renewal levy would not change the revenue generated because the tax would only raise as much as revenue as the levy being renewed.
The present levy generates about $680,000 a year. The projected income from a replacement levy is xxxxxx, but the specific amount will be determined by the Wood County auditor's office.
The parks and recreation department also gets some funding the city income tax, fees and donations.
Grigore also took the opportunity to report that Community Center revenue covered 89 percent of operational costs in 2009. "That's very high coverage of costs. I'm delighted with the community support," she said.
When the facility was being considered, city officials said experience at community centers in Ohio was that 70 to 75 percent of costs would be covered by memberships.
She said a total of 1,849 passes were sold in 2009, representing more than 3,000 individuals. "December was our busiest month ever with more than 13,000 visits." Grigore said that total was boosted by 672 visits from members of the Bowling Green State University Rec Center, which was closed part of the month. She noted that members of the community center were able to use BGSU facilities for a week in the summer when the center was closed for maintenance. Grigore said the reciprocal agreement has worked out very well.
Council was in the mood to move along legislation, giving eight of the 19 new resolutions and ordinances on the agenda three readings and passage. Nary a 'no' was heard on nearly 30 roll call votes needed to suspend rules, approve emergency clauses and approve those items. Another six ordinances up for third readings and one that came off the table, also received unanimous approval.
Among the legislation approved:
¥ Advertising for bids and contracts for improvements to North Main Street between Clay and Dill streets. Paid for by a federal stimulus grant, the project will follow a waterline replacement project expected to begin in February. City funds are paying for the waterline.
¥ Three resolutions honoring Megan Newlove, Larry Sorrells and Jacob Redfern, who recently completed terms on city council.
¥ Authorizing the director of utilities to continue planning for the possibility of constructing up to six additional wind turbines around the city. The project is under the direction of American Municipal Power Inc.
¥ Approving a change in name for the B-1, neighborhood commercial zoning classification, to B-1, limited commercial. Council noted the language specifically prohibits bars, taverns and dance halls from the district. The city's planning department worked with the BG Community Development Foundation on the changes, Planning Director Heather Saylor told council during a public hearing before the council meeting. There was no public comment during the hearing.

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