BEAVERCREEK — City and township voters passed a parks levy 63.6 percent to 36.4 percent Nov. 7, unofficial final results showed as of press time.
Costing taxpayers less than a penny a day, the .05 mill additional levy will help maintain and improve Beavercreek Township District parks.
The passing of the levy means taxpayers will pay an estimated $1.75 annually for each $100,000 of appraised property value. The owners of an average $200,000 city or township property will pay $3.50 per year.
Also called Issue 14 on the ballot, the levy specifically supports Victory Park and Owen’s Place, Beavercreek Community Park and Angel’s Pass Memorial and the bike connector from Dayton-Xenia Road to Creekside Trail.
Owen’s Place is a completely accessible playground designed for children of all ages and abilities. Angel’s Pass Memorial remembers eight Girl Scouts and two troop leaders killed in a 1959 accident when their car was struck by a freight train.
Money generated from the levy continuing over a period of time will allow the park district to maintain day-to-day care of the parks as well as add potential improvements, like a covered pavilion for gatherings at Community Park and restrooms at Owen’s Place.
Currently, the park district is solely funded by local government funds of $21,000 annually. As a direct result of the township after 50 years no longer providing free landscaping, mowing and reservation support due to funding limitations, the cost to operate and maintain the parks is expected to jump from $21,000 to $37,000 in 2018.
Beavercreek Township Park District Commissioner Vic Toney spoke about the importance of maintaining the parks at a Candidates and Issues Forum Oct. 23.
“When you look at the parks now you see that somebody cares about those two parks,” Toney said, calling them “a great crowning jewel in Greene County and Beavercreek.”
Contact Anna Bolton at 937-502-4498.