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City leaders asking voters to approve Issue 5

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - With a week to go before the November election, Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and Council members Steve Steel and Lindsay Webb are unveiling how some of the new tax revenue would be spent if voters approve Issue 5.

It is the 10-year, 1-mill levy request on the ballot, which would create a dedicated funding stream for parks and recreation facilities and programs.

They say a portion of the revenue generated would be earmarked to build a new water park featuring slides and waterfalls, as well as an aquatics center for seniors which would be built next to an existing senior center.

"In the suburbs they do this on a regular basis. What we need to do inside the city we need to have the same quality of life they have in the suburbs," said Mayor Bell.

"We have to dedicate and invest into our parks into our recreation and bring Toledo parks and recreation into the 21st century," said Councilman Steel.

While that would commit roughly $8 million from the $30 million generated by the levy over 10 years, Councilwoman Webb said the city would still be committed to keeping its neighborhood pools open.

"We will be making capital investments but we will also be enhancing the facilities and the infrastructure we have," said Webb.

If approved, the average Toledo home owner would be an additional $18 per year.    

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