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Columbus Zoo Levy Overwhelmingly Shot Down

PGAV Downtown exterior night
A rendering of what the downtown zoo experience would look like.
6, 2014

The WOSU Newsroom has called the race on Issue 6, a permanent levy for the Columbus Zoo, as a failed levy. With 360 precincts reporting and the Columbus zoo conceding defeat, the levy has failed.

Polls Open Around Ohio

Polls will remain open Tuesday until 7:30 p.m.
May 6, 2014

Voting is under way in Ohio’s primary election that will cull the field of candidates for state and U.S. House posts, and decide the fate of a levy request for the Columbus Zoo.

OH Commission To Hear False-Statements Claim Against Zoo Opponent

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The State Elections Commission is set to hear a false-statements complaint against a Columbus Zoo levy opposition group Monday.
30, 2014

The Ohio Elections Commission is expected to hear a complaint filed against a Columbus Zoo levy opposition group. A panel made the recommendation this afternoon.

Columbus Zoo Levy: What Exactly Is It?

The front-entrance sign of the Columbus Zoo.
28, 2014

The Columbus Zoo levy is up for renewal, and for the first time in recent memory it has organized opposition as some balk at the size of the increase and its permanence.

Columbus Zoo Levy: Downtown Zoo

PGAV Downtown exterior night
A rendering of what the downtown zoo experience would look like.
28, 2014

A rain forest tree canopy walkway, down below a crocodile slides along the forest floor, somewhere a Macaw cries out. Below the water’s surface sharks glide through the water… all of this in a three-story building on an acre along the Scioto River.

Columbus Zoo Levy: Franklin County Or Delaware County Issue

Jack Hanna speaks to children about the Black Rhino at the Columbus Zoo.
28, 2014

Many Franklin County voters have a simple question – why are they paying for something in a different county?

Columbus Zoo Levy: Governance

Columbus Zoo Gate
The front gate of the Columbus Zoo.
28, 2014

The Columbus Zoo’s request for a large and permanent property tax increase has prompted a closer look at how it’s run. The zoo is funded through a mix of tax dollars, private donations, admission fees and concessions revenue.

Koch Brothers Group Urges ‘No’ Vote on Columbus Zoo Levy

Columbus Zoo Gate
Front entrance to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
April 23, 2014

The Virginia-based group, Americans for Prosperity, has sent mailers to some households in Franklin County urging a ‘no’ vote on Issue 6, a proposed 1.25 mill property tax levy for Columbus Zoo operations.

Franklin County Voters Will Decide Zoo Levy In May

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Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien snaps photo of Columbus Zoo snow leopard at Tuesday's County Commission meeting. Commissioners voted to place a permanent zoo tax levy on the May 6th ballot.
4, 2014

Franklin County voters will be asked in May to approve a one and a quarter mil levy for the Columbus Zoo.

Columbus Zoo Wants More Money From Franklin County Taxpayers

Zoo's frontgate
Entrance to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The Zoo's board approved placement of a property tax levy on the Franklin County may ballot.
9, 2014

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.