Sandusky County is fortunate to have a resource like the North Coast Inland Trail. My husband and I frequently bike from Fremont to Clyde, and I am always pleased to see so many other people also using the trail. It's a safe place for families with young children, teenagers and older adults to walk, jog, in-line skate or bike without worrying about traffic. The trail is a great asset to our area and is used by residents as well as visitors. The Park District does an excellent job of maintaining the trail and has received a grant for $2.5 million for a 10.5-mile expansion of the trail from Fremont to Elmore. However, the grant requires approximately $100,000, or 4 percent as a local match. If a levy is not passed to provide for the local match, the grant money will have to be returned to the state and the bike trail project will be suspended.
The Park District has placed a 1-mill tax levy on the May 8 ballot. This will replace the levy that expires in December. I encourage you to support the levy so that the North Coast Inland Trail, along with many other quality facilities and programs can continue to grow and be enjoyed by Sandusky County residents.