Mayor Coleman Calls Zoo Levy Important To Downtown Columbus

Mayor Michael Coleman says money from proposed zoo levy can help bring needed changes to Downtown Columbus.(Photo: City of Columbus)
Mayor Michael Coleman says money from proposed zoo levy can help bring needed changes to Downtown Columbus.(Photo: City of Columbus)

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says the Zoo levy voters will decide next week is a key to ongoing change in Columbus that will enable more Columbus children to learn about animals.

Coleman says a proposed new downtown facility is important to giving access to city residents. He spoke on All Sides with Ann Fisher this morning and says that a lack of transportation for children and their families has been a problem.

“I think folks in the central city ought to have as much chance to go the zoo as anyone else does. And it’s a transportation and access issue. And I love the zoo. They can’t help being out there.”

Coleman says voters should not be swayed by outsiders like Americans for Prosperity that is behind an ad against the zoo levy. It would raise taxes on property owners to $44 on every $100,000 of value. That’s more than double the current amount.

Comments
  • Joe Williams

    I was so disappointed in NPR when you interviewed Mr. Coleman. You kept repeating his arguments for the levy, even though you had callers that argued the levy was unjust. Mr.Coleman’s argument that city kids don’t get to go to the zoo, so we should build a 65 million dollar zoo downtown. He was sure zoo folks would make it affordable to the kids. I would hope so. Their parents will be paying double their taxes. We could bus city kids to the zoo in Columbus, and save considerable money. He did not address my concern that this tax is permanent. Yet you folks kept repeating his arguments FOR the levy all day. My donations to WOSU will be re-evaluated. You folks are supposed to be unbiased. Joe Williams

  • jeannie

    I am pretty sure there is a bus line that heads right to the zoo.