Thursday, October 10, 2002

Support sought for levy efforts

By Anna Guido
Enquirer contributor

LIBERTY TWP. — A committee formed to promote the township park levy on the Nov. 5 ballot says it needs more volunteers and funding.

“We have the challenge of generating support and awareness for the park levy within a very short period of time — for this we need a large body of volunteers,” said Jane Titus, treasurer of People Advocating Recreation and Kids (PARK).

The committee, which is registered with the Butler County Board of Elections, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church, Yankee Road and Dutchland Boulevard.

Mrs. Titus said meeting attendance has been low and that the committee is $1,025 short of the $2,000 it wants for campaign signs and brochures.

The 0.75-mill, five-year levy PARK endorses would generate about $340,000 a year and cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $22.96 annually in taxes.

Proceeds from the levy would be used to purchase, develop and maintain parks and green space.

Township Trustee Christine Matacic, a supporter of the parks, said the levy funds are needed to keep up with the township's growing park system.

Financial support for township parks over the years has come from the general fund, private donations and grants, resources that are limited, Mrs. Matacic and levy supporters say.

Donations to PARK are accepted at the meetings or can be mailed to: Jane Titus, 6662 Silver Stone Court, Liberty Township, OH 45011. Checks should be made payable to PARK. For more information, call Mrs. Titus at 844-1399.

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