TROY — City residents had several questions about the proposed park levy at the city council meeting on Monday .
Council unanimously passed a resolution for city staff to request that the Miami County Auditor provide the necessary certification identifying the millage required to generate $1 million in revenues per year for 10 years for the proposed park levy.
Once the figures are available from the county auditor, the city’s parks and recreation committee will meet again on whether or not to recommend the levy to proceed on the November 8 ballot.
The proposal for the levy was made by an organization called “Operation Recreation 2020” that has also pledged to raising $4 million in private donations and possible grants as part of its “public/private endeavor.” The donations and possible levy funds would finance the proposed $11.2 million in proposed improvements to Duke Park, $1.5 million at Miami Shores Golf Course and $100,000 in work at the Troy Senior Citizens Center.
Troy resident Ed Crist said he had concerns about the proposed levy’s political expediency and taxing authority.
“Getting this on the ballot because there are no other levies this year … is not a valid reason for emergency legislation,” Crist said. “Taxing authority is with the city council … this is a large levy with complex relationships between public and private entities.”
Crist also asked if other uses for the recently acquired park land were considered at Duke Park other than Troy Junior Baseball and if there was a comprehensive plan for the park. Crist also questioned the legality of the organization using the city’s taxing authority to improve the park land.
Law director Grant Kerber explained the legal process to place the levy on the ballot and the city has followed the law.
“This is not Operation Recreation 2020’s levy, this is the city’s levy, I just want you to understand that,” Crist said.
Vicky Smith told council she didn’t think Troy residents needed more millage placed on their property taxes. The Troy Daily News has requested this information from the city auditor.
“I want to know all the mills, all the taxes and all the fees that people in Troy, Ohio pay,” Smith said. “All they seem to do is be adding, and adding, and adding. I don’t think it’s necessary and there’s not enough forethought. In that regard there should be no election this November, it can wait a year.”
President Marty Baker emphasized that council’s vote was to only seek the millage needed to raise the funds for the proposed park levy at Monday’s meeting.
Council unanimously approved the following ordinances or set a public hearing date for zoning requests:
O-20-2016 Zoning of Trader Annexation, Inlots 10578 & 10579, from County zoning of A-2, General Agriculture to City zoning A, Agricultural District
O-21-2016 Zoning of Cheney Annexation, Inlot 10574 from County zoning of R-1AAA, Single-Family to City zoning of M-2, Light Industrial District
O-22-2016 Rezoning of IL 9678 from M-2, Light Industrial District, and B-2, General Business District to the single zoning of B-2, General Business District
O-27-2016 Salary Ordinance, AFSCME represented employees for 2016-2018
O-28-2016 Rezone part of IL 39 (16 S. Short St.) from B-2, General Business District, to R-5, Single Family Residence District, first reading public hearing on May 16.
O-29-2016 Rezone IL 8661 (532 Grant St./619 Lincoln Ave.) from M-2, Light industrial District, to OR-1, Office Residential District First Reading. Public hearing on May 16.
The following resolutions unanimously passed:
R-21-2016 Authorize application for CDBG projects for PY2016
R-22-2016 Authorize agreement with AFSCME bargaining unit for 2016-2018
R-23-2016 Authorize agreement with AFSCME Park bargaining unit for 2016-2018
R-24-2016 Loan from Small Business Development Revolving Loan Fund, Smith’s Boathouse Restaurant, LLC $152,300
R-25-2016 Loan from Small Business Development Revolving Loan Fund, Adventures on the Great Miami, LLC $26,000
R-26-2017 Request County Auditor to certify millage for funding levy for park and recreation
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