Columbus Zoo Levy: Pros and Cons



On May 6th, Franklin County residents will vote on a permanent property tax increase meant to fund improvements to the Columbus Zoo. Some feel the hike is too high for one county to bear, and are skeptical of the levy’s promised economic benefits. Others think the zoo offers enough to justify an increase. This hour, we’ll weigh the pros and cons.


  • John Kulewicz, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium board member and levy committee co-chair
  • James Becker, legal counsel for Citizens for Responsible Taxation

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  • Su

    What will be done with the increase of funds? I had someone come to my home who was pro-levy but they could not give me specifics. They said that right now there is a vision, but no specifics. Will cost for zoo admission be more affordable for families? I’m concerned about the dismal state of Columbus City School, deteriorating roads. I can’t with a clear mind put more money towards the zoo when basic needs of the city are not being met. I want to know specifics before I can support the zoo levy.