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Date: 04-17-2009

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Bernice Cage, 614-233-4157

MORPC Supports Metro Parks Levy for May 2009 Election

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission approved a resolution in support of the Franklin County Metro Parks Levy scheduled for the ballot in May 2009. The Metro Parks current 10 year levy expires at the end of 2009. The passage of the levy, scheduled for the May ballot, would allow Metro Parks to continue to operate clean, well-maintained, safe parks that are free to the public. Metro Parks plays an important role in our region's development and preserving open space. A robust park system improves the quality of life for the residents of the region, restore habitats and protect wetlands and water resources.

Metro Parks has a history of responsible use of public funds and following through on promises made of past levy funds. The proposed levy is a 0.75-mill property tax, which will cost a Franklin County homeowner about $23 per year per $100,000 appraised residential value. A passage of the levy means that Metro Parks will receive funding for its programs through 2019. Metro Parks will use these funds to operate the current 15 parks as well as add three new parks to the system.

"We greatly appreciate the support of MORPC and all the communities it represents for the Metro Parks Levy. This demonstrates an understanding among community leaders that Metro Parks is essential to the region and the quality of life that we all enjoy," states John O'Meara, Executive Director of Metro Parks.

Dean Ringle, Franklin County Engineer and current MORPC Chair, states, "Our communities have enjoyed the successes of Metro Parks through the years, in both their parks and trail systems. We look forward to Metro Parks continuing to enhance our region and our quality of life."

MORPC is a voluntary association of 45 local governments in central Ohio serving the region through planning, direct service, public policy information and innovative programming and intergovernmental coordinating services in the areas of transportation, land use, energy conservation, the environment and housing. MORPC is currently celebrating its 40th Anniversary and its efforts to build a better central Ohio region.