TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – It appears likely that Toledo voters will have the final say in November regarding a parks and recreation levy request, despite opposition from some council members who fear "levy fatigue" from voters will result in a lopsided defeat.
Steve Steel and Lindsay Webb have presented legislation asking council to put a 10-year, one-mill levy request before voters in November, aimed at raising $3 million per year to improve city recreational facilities, and to pay for new programs.
That plan is backed by a study showing the city's recreational infrastructure is in poor condition, and a survey suggesting voters would support a levy for parks and recreation.
While some members are set against placing the question before voters, others say Toledoans should have the final say on the issue.
"Quite frankly I trust the will of the people. There are those that would say we shouldn't vote to put this on the ballot because it's not appropriate, I don't see how anything could be less appropriate," Councilman Mike Collins said.
A vote from council is expected during Tuesday's meeting, it takes two-thirds of council, or 8 members, voting yes to approve placing a levy issue on the ballot.
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