Facts about your Clermont County Park District
750 acres to enjoy …
- 222 Roadside Park – Batavia Township
- Chilo Lock 34 Park, Franklin Township
- Crooked Run Nature Preserve, Franklin Township
- Grailville Preserve, Miami Township
- Hartman Log Cabin, Jackson Township
- Kelley Nature Preserve Miami Township
- Pattison Park, Stonelick Township
- Shor Park, Union Township
- Sycamore Park, Batavia Township
- Ten Mile Creek Preserve, Pierce Township
- Wach Preserve (under contract), Miami Township
- Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail
- Wilson Nature Preserve, Batavia Township
- Six green spaces
Hosts nearly 200,000 visitors every year …
Besides thousands attending daily park activities, almost 40,000 people attend more than 500 events, family reunions, weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, Scout campouts and naturalist programs.
Has same budget as in 2005 …
The 2016 revenue estimate is $587,000 of which $430,000 comes from property taxes. The Park District has lost more than $100,000 in annual revenue as a result of changes in stae law, the recession and reduction in property values. Cost saving measures and increased facility rental fees make up some of the difference.
Needs help to meet increasing demands …
The Clermont County Park District is asking for a 0.5-mill, 10=year property tax levy that would cost owners of $100,000 home $17.50 a year. The median home value in Clermont County is $157,000, which could cost residents $27 per year. The levy will generate $2.1 million annually and would expire after 10 years unless voters approve an extension.
Wants to keep fees affordable …
Rental fees are charged for Pattison Lodge, Hartman Cabin, picnic shelters and the Chilo yurts (youth camp). Also, fees are charged for some programs offered by the naturalists when they visit schools, day camps and special events. The park district also receives donations. The fees and donations are about 25% of the annual budget.
Aggressively pursues additional funding …
Since 2000, $12 million has been received in grants and donations for capital improvements and land acquisitions. Other funding sources will continue to be sought using levy funds as matching dollars.
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