On May 5, Westerville residents will have the chance to vote on funding for schools, the Delaware County Library and Franklin County Metro Parks.

On May 5, Westerville residents will have the chance to vote on funding for schools, the Delaware County Library and Franklin County Metro Parks.

Issue 16 is the Westerville school district's request for the renewal of a 2.34-mill permanent capital improvements levy with a 1.25-mill increase. If passed, Issue 16 would raise $46-million for building projects over the next five years but would not increase voters' taxes if approved. According to district treasurer Scott Gooding, the district is retiring 1.4 mills in 2011, which is when the additional millage from the levy would start to be collected.

The levy would pay for facility and infrastructure improvements to aging buildings and equipment. Capital improvement levy funds can only be used for specific material items with lifespan of five years or longer, according to Gooding.

Currently school district residents pay $72 annually per $100,000 of property value.

More information about the levy is available online at www.ourcommunityourschools.org.

In Franklin County, Issue 1 is a 10-year, 0.75-percent property tax for Frankly County Metro Parks to replace a 0.65-mill levy that expires at year's end. If approved, it would increase property taxes from $13 to $23 per $100,000 of home valuation.

The 10-year levy would be in effect until 2019 and would provide about $21.5-million annually. The money would be used to operate and maintain the system's 15 parks throughout the county, expand educational programs, pay for construction of a nature center in the Darby Watershed, secure land adjacent to existing parks and other land for three new metro parks: one along Rocky Fork Creek in northeastern Franklin County, one along Little Walnut Creek near Canal Winchester and Groveport, and a third along the Scioto River in southern Franklin County near Grove City.

In Delaware County, the Delaware District Library is proposing a 1-mill, 10-year operating levy. According to the library's Web site, if passed, money generated by the levy will pay off the bond approved by voters in 1989 that was used for the construction of three buildings.

The levy will cost $30.60 per $100,000 of property value annually. Money generated would be used to build, equip and operate a new 30,000-square-foot branch in Orange Township, extend operating hours at the main branch in Delaware, renovate the library's Powell branch, increase the number of days open at the Ostrander branch and connect the libraries' catalogues to SearchOhio.

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