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Special Report: Columbus Zoo Levy

Columbus Zoo Gate
Front entrance to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
May 5, 2014

Voters in Franklin County will go to the polls on May 6 to decide whether or not to fund a proposed 1.25 mill property tax levy request for the Columbus Zoo. WOSU takes a look at the levy as well as arguments for and against the tax request.

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: A Move To Permanence

Zoo employees talk about one of their giraffes.
28, 2014

Franklin County voters have decided to increase property taxes for the Columbus Zoo four times. In 1985, 1990, 1994 and 2004 voters easily passed temporary levies for the zoo. This year the zoo asks voters to approve a new levy – but this one is different. It’s much larger than past levies.

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.