Road improvements, construction of a new park and other projects will go forward after Powell voters approved a capital-improvements levy on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Unofficial results from Delaware County on Election Night showed the levy passing by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent, with 2,939 voting in favor and 2,529 against.
Mayor Richard Cline said it’s been a “longtime struggle” to find ways to fund much-needed improvements in the city.
“I really want to thank the voters of Powell for having the confidence to approve the levy and allowing us to move forward on these capital improvements,” he said.
The 10-year, 1.8-mill levy is expected to generate about $7.2 million over its duration and continue to cost taxpayers about $55.13 for each $100,000 in home property value.
It is effectively a renewal of the city’s existing parks levy, which expires next year. It won’t raise taxes.The following projects will get the green light thanks to the levy’s passage:
• Completion of the Murphy Parkway connection to Liberty Road. The project will complete the city’s bypass system, which aims to provide an alternate east-west route in all four quadrants of the city to alleviate traffic congestion.
• About $1 million in additional road and sewer repairs over the next decade. The city will identify which roads were repaired based on its yearly evaluation.
• Creation of Seldom Seen Park, just north of Seldom Seen Road and west of the railroad tracks. It will be the city’s first new park in seven years and likely will cater toward youth athletics, with baseball diamonds, soccer and football fields, a playground, picnic space and a new headquarters for the public service department.
• Bike-path extensions and connections. Planned are extensions of trails along Home Road west of Sawmill Parkway; along Rutherford Road west of Sawmill Parkway and east of Sawmill Parkway at the railroad tracks; along Seldom Seen Road west of Sawmill Parkway; and connections along North Liberty Street south of Seldom Seen Road.
• Reconstruction of the worn-out basketball-court surface at Adventure Park with a surface that will accommodate other activities such as volleyball.
All seven members of City Council backed the measure, including Councilwoman Sara Marie Brenner, who led an opposition group to defeat an income tax hike for capital improvements on the ballot in 2010.
This year, city officials said new revenues were badly needed for improvements after that issue was soundly rejected.