BEAVERCREEK — At their next regular meeting July 28, Beavercreek City Council members will vote on which of three potential levies to support city parks and recreation to place on the November ballot. Up for consideration are three levels of levies: a .7, .9 or 1.0 mill levy. Only one of the three options will be sent to voters for consideration.
The amount of the levy chosen will determine the level of support Beavercreek city parks will receive.
“If the .7 mil levy goes through, we won’t be able to maintain our parks as they are,” Beavercreek Mayor Brian Jarvis said. “We can keep them open, but maintenance of them, it just won’t be possible. They will go into disrepair with only a .7 mil levy. The .9 mil levy will allow us to maintain the parks and also maintain the equipment: playground equipment, slides, shelters and things like that and allow us to maintain those as they need replacement. The 1.0 mil levy will allow us to add new things to the parks.”
In 2011 the state legislature reduced local government fund dollars that go to each community. Those dollars were what the City of Beavercreek used to manage its parks system.
“During the past three years since 2011, we’ve made cuts,” Jarvis said. “We’ve reduced manpower. We’ve done a lot of things to save money, but it’s just not been enough to make up for that $2.1 million a year that the state took from our general fund.”
Jarvis wants residents to know that this levy will only be used to maintain parks and recreation activities just for the City of Beavercreek and no one else.
“It’ll be up to them as to the quality of the parks … in their neighborhoods,” he said.