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Park levy to now appear on May ballot

| December 6, 2012

COSHOCTON – The State of Ohio has notified the Coshocton County Board of Elections that the Coshocton City and County Park District is unable to place an operating levy on the ballot as planned during a February special election.

According to Section 1545.21 of the Ohio Revised Code, Park Districts are only permitted to place a levy on the ballot during a May primary or a November general election. After researching the issue, Coshocton County Prosecutor Jason Given, issued an opinion to the Board of Elections stating that the Park District will not be able to run in a February election.

Therefore, the proposed ½ (0.5) mill, ten-year levy for the Coshocton City and County Park District will now appear on the ballot during the May 2013 primary election.

“It is unfortunate that we were not aware of this stipulation, however it doesn’t change our primary goal of passing a levy and achieving financial stability for our Park District,” said Lori Everhart, park director. “We have already begun our journey on the campaign trail and this gives us an extra three months to carry out our plans. Actually, it may turn out to be a blessing in disguise!”

Stephanie Slifko, chairperson for the Park Levy Committee commented, “Another positive about moving to May will be the weather. Warmer weather may enable us to get more of our supporters out to vote!”

An initial meeting of the Park Levy Committee has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 at Lake Park. Anyone wishing to join the committee or volunteer during the campaign is encouraged to attend.

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