Columbus Zoo Wants More Money From Franklin County Taxpayers

Entrance to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The Zoo's board approved placement of a property tax levy on the Franklin County may ballot.(Photo: Sam Howzit)
Entrance to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The Zoo's board approved placement of a property tax levy on the Franklin County may ballot.(Photo: Sam Howzit)

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium wants more money from taxpayers to pay for improvements and expansion.

The zoo board voted Wednesday to put a permanent, 1.25-mill property-tax issue on the May ballot. It’s the first time the board has asked for a continuing levy. The additional money would enable the zoo to build a downtown satellite facility, expand the aquarium, build a new animal hospital and make other improvements.

The request now goes to Franklin County commissioners for approval. The current 10-year levy will expire in 2015.

The current levy costs the owner of a $100,000 house in the county $21.29 a year in taxes. The 1.25-mill levy would more than double that, to $43.75 a year.

Comments
  • Makes no sense to me

    Isn’t the zoo in Delaware County? If so, why are Franklin tCointy tax payers on the hook for it?

  • Makes no sense to me

    County that is…