Issue #23 Stark Parks Levy Information

In the November 2019 election, Stark Parks will appear as Issue #23 on the ballot seeking a 1.2 mill, 8-year property tax levy (1 mill replacement and 0.2 mill additional). With this funding, Stark Parks will continue to make connections that will create destination experiences for users, add more programs for health and wellness, improve accessibility within and between parks, and continue the buildout of the Stark County Trail and Greenway Master Plan. The proposal for the replacement and addition will be listed on the ballot as one item.

2019 Levy Info Cost Breakdown (transparent)

The Past 5 Years

 

Connecting Communities2019 Levy Info Connecting Communities

Stark Parks has added 40 miles of trails and 3 new parks, including the Pioneer Trail, the Iron Horse Trail expansion, the Nickel Plate Trail in Minerva2019 Levy Info Creating Habitat, the Sandy Valley Trail, the Sippo Valley TrailQuail Hollow ParkFry Family Park, and Tam O’Shanter Park since 2014.

 

Creating Habitat 

After taking ownership and management of 200 acres at Tam O’Shanter Park, Stark Parks is working to regenerate a variety of habitats, bringing growth and wildlife to the park.

2019 Levy Info Protecting Water Quality

Protecting Water Quality

Stark Parks restored the floodplain along the Nimishillen Creek and the Zimber Ditch floodplain in North Canton.

 

Affordable and Safe Experiences2019 Levy Info Providing Experiences

Park programming continues to offer low cost or free activities like boat rentals, yoga classes, archery instruction, guided hikes and bike rides, adventure clubs, craft nights, history tours, and more.

 

2019 Levy Info Promoting WellnessPromoting Wellness

In June of 2019, in partnership with Stark MHAR, Stark Parks opened the Mindfulness Walk at Petros Lake Park to serve as a mental health and self-care respite. Guided and self-guided family adventures are always available throughout the county as well.

 

Fitness and Recreation

Recreation experiences can be taken to the water with kayak, canoe, and SUP rentals and programs. In 2019, parkrun was brought to Sippo Lake Park, which is a completely free, weekly timed 5k open to everyone. The Healthy Adventures club rewards park goers who track their hiking, biking, and running mileage on Stark Parks trails. Stark Exploring is back for the second year, giving hikers a chance to collect a free hiking stick and shield for exploring selected Stark Parks trails.

 

What will this cost Stark County residents?

The cost increase to a homeowner with a value of $100,000 is $1.39 more per month or $16.68 per year. The total annual cost including the increase will be $42 a year.

What will this generate in revenue?

The estimated revenue is $9.9 million each year.

The new Five Year Plan emphasizes increased countywide connectivity as prioritized by the public. It also outlines overall support for upgrades to shelters and trailheads that include full restroom facilities. In addition, individual park master plans for the larger parks including Quail Hollow Park, Fry Family Park, and Tam O’Shanter Park call for the creation of visitor center and nature play spaces, upgraded park and trail signage, habitat restoration, providing more education programs and information, and increased security.

The annual estimated revenue is $9,999,553.00, averaging $1.39 more per month for a home valuation at $100,000. This increase will provide the necessary funding for the continued park development the public has indicated they would like to see.

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