The Darke County Park District is on the ballot on November 7 as issue #9

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The Darke County Park District is on the ballot on November 7 as issue #9.

This 0.5 mill levy is a RENEWAL of the existing levy passed by voters in 2013. It will provide funds to maintain the district preserves and facilities and request park improvements for another ten years.

WHAT WILL IT COST?

As a renewal levy, the rate is the same as the current rate of approximately $18/year for each $100,000 of assessed home value. For accurate homestead or agricultural rates, please visit the Darke County Auditor’s website.

“The Darke County Park District levy will collect the same amount, no new taxes, except for new construction.” Carol Ginn, Darke County Auditor, said.

WHAT DOES THE LEVY FUND DO?

This levy provides roughly one-half of the day-to-day operational costs for the 14 preserves, including the upkeep of the Nature and Bish Discovery Centers, trails, and the natural and cultural history programming offered year-round.

Your Darke County Parks help keep greenspace and outdoor recreation accessible to all of Darke County. This levy ensures these services continue at the current high standard without interruption.

VOTING FOR THIS RENEWAL WILL PROVIDE

  • Continuation of the Community
    Grants Program
  • Upkeep of nearly 30 miles of trails
  • Conservation and habitat management of over 1,000 acres
  • Continued upkeep of historical and modern facilities
  • Continuation of year-round program and special event offerings
  • Retention of highly qualified staff

DARKE COUNTY PARKS’ RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Surpassed 1.2 million dollars awarded through our local grant program to Darke County villages and the City of Greenville for park improvements
  • Host 6 annual special community events nearly every other month, bringing tourism dollars to the County.
  • Return of state tax dollars back to Darke County through more than two million dollars in grant funding.
  • Interacted with nearly every school district in the County. Thousands of students visit the parks or are visited in the classroom annually.
  • Offering canoe/kayak/bike rentals, bringing outdoor recreation to all
  • Added nearly 10 miles of new trails
  • Installed new directional signage on
  • Tecumseh Trail multipurpose trails
  • Volunteers have donated over 3,663 hours in 2022 alone, which equates to a value of over $73,000

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