95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
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.
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.
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.
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?