A Volunteer Non-Profit Supporting Multi-Use Trails in Fayette, Ross and Highland
Below is the letter of support for the Ross County Park District levy that will appear
on Ross County Ballot on November 6, 2019. We hope you will support this issue
by voting “YES” on November 6!
October 29, 2018
Dear Ross County Trail Supporter:
We are writing this letter to urge you to support the Ross County Park District’s
.5 mil, ten-year levy on the November 6 ballot and to convince your family and friends
to do likewise.
Increasing one’s taxes is never a light matter and must be considered carefully by
all of us. We do understand that. The cost of this tax would be approximately $17.50
per year per $100,000 property value, the price of a pizza or one cup of coffee each
month. The levy would generate approximately $673,700 annually for the park district.
They currently work on a budget of $250,000. By comparison, the Chillicothe Parks
and Recreation department operates on approximately $700,000, just for the city.
The Ross County Park District was established in 1993. At its inception, it was eligible
to receive inside millage to support itself, but opted not to do so, since it would
take funds away from schools. Experts warned them that, at some point, they would
need to go to the voters to get a dedicated funding source. The county commissioners
have supported RCPD from the general fund, but as budgets tighten and RCPD responsibilities
have increased that funding is not adequate to get the job done. They have accomplished
amazing things with their limited funding, but aging equipment and facilities need
an influx of capital to continue and prosper. The park district is responsible for
three nature preserves, the Paint Creek Recreational Trail and is co-owner of the
Coppel Athletic Complex soccer fields.
Passage of the levy would allow: 1) replacing of aging equipment, 2) improving maintenance
such as mowing and repairing facilities, 3) providing amenities such as restrooms
to current sites, 4) providing matching funds to leverage getting additional grant
funding from other sources, 5) providing grant writing for smaller community and
township parks, 6) providing nature educational opportunities for local schools,
7) increasing security with video surveillance and ranger presence, and 8) providing
quality services for the physical and mental well-being of citizens of all ages and
On a personal level, I have always looked at my participation in Tri-County Triangle
Trail, Inc. as an opportunity to leave our descendants a better world by providing
a linear park that will outlive me. Our parklands are one of our country’s greatest
treasure to leave to our children. What would our country be without the vision of
ancestors in creating the National Park Service? Our local parks are invaluable to
our citizens. This is a gift we give to ourselves. Please vote for the levy on November