Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A rain forest tree canopy walkway, down below a crocodile slides along the forest floor, somewhere a Macaw cries out. Below the waterâ€™s surface sharks glide through the waterâ€¦ all of this in a three-story building on an acre along the Scioto River.
Many Franklin County voters have a simple question – why are they paying for something in a different county?
The Columbus Zooâ€™s request for a large and permanent property tax increase has prompted a closer look at how itâ€™s run. The zoo is funded through a mix of tax dollars, private donations, admission fees and concessions revenue.
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 be asked in May to approve a one and a quarter mil levy for the Columbus Zoo.
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.