Council members work on parks and recreation levy

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Are Toledoans willing to pay a new tax to pay for major upgrades to city parks and recreational facilities?

That's the big question as Councilwoman Lindsay Webb says she and Councilman Steve Steel are working on a plan to present to council on June 14, to ask to place a 10-year, 1-mill property tax levy request before voters in November:

"The condition of our park infrastructure is declining rapidly. The recreation budget has been cut, services have been diminished. The dedicated funding stream will put us in a position where we can leverage taxpayer dollars to engage our corporate community, to draw down grants."

If approved, the average home owner would pay $18 per year, and would raise $3 million per year for facility upgrades and recreational program development.

Toledoan Earl Grames says he's supportive, but skeptical:

"It sounds good but are they going to keep them up, or are they going to close down the pools like they usually do?"

Art Purtee says absolutely no new taxes:

"No, I'm on a fixed income and there's no way I can afford it."