A majority of Granville voters favored funding for the Granville Recreation District, according to unofficial Licking County Board of Elections results.
The Granville Recreation District sought voter approval of a 0.75 mill, five-year operating levy on the Nov. 3 ballot.
With all 15 Granville precincts reporting, the levy was approved by a margin of 4,403 to 3,940.
GRD Executive Director Andy Wildman said in the run up to election day, “We have both capital and operating necessities that need to be addressed.”
Wildman cited capital projects including a pavilion, restrooms and concessions at Raccoon Valley Park, and paving at all of the parks, among other items that would be funded if the levy was adopted.
“We also plan to allocate resources to annual maintenance and capital needs as we have not increased our operating funds since 2010 or increased our millage since 2005,” Wildman stated.
According to a levy fact sheet posted on the GRD website, the levy will generate $384,525 a year through the end of 2025.
Per $100,000 of home value, the levy will cost $2.18 per month in tax, or $26.16 per year, according to the GRD.
The district currently has four full-time and three part-time employees, and “800 volunteer coaches,” according the GRD levy fact sheet.
Education, Wildman said on Aug. 3, was a critical need in terms of finding support for the proposed tax issue since many served by the district, he said, don’t really understand its nature or how it came to be and is funded.
District millage hasn’t increased since 2005, when the then-Granville Recreation Commission was “a 501C4 arm of the township,” Wildman said.
In 2010, the village, township and school district combined to form the Recreation District, and Wildman said, “there was the jurisdictional increase, but that was not a millage increase,” as service area grew to match the school district footprint. Although the number of taxpayers paying into the district at that time grew, millage remained the same.
“In an average year, we have an operating budget of somewhere between the $850,000-900,000 range, and it’s about 50/50,” Wildman said. “We collect about half from user fees and half comes from taxation/subsidization.”
This article originally appeared on Newark Advocate: Granville Recreation District 0.75-mill levy wins voter approval