Voters will decide May 6 whether to renew and extend funding for Erie MetroParks when they vote on Issue 4.
The countywide parks system represents an investment in the community and voters should consider that investment carefully when they cast their ballots next month.
The Erie Metroparks commissioners — Randly Glovinsky, Don Meiers and Kurt Landefeld — have been good stewards of taxpayer money and expanded the park system's services. If approved by voters, the measure's annual cost for a homeowner with a $100,000 home will be $36, a slight increase from the current millage.
The levy is a main funding source for the district, which, in our opinion, is an investment that improves the quality of life in our region.
From canoe launches to lacrosse tournaments, to birdwatching services, the Metroparks system is an economic driver in the county and a major contributor to the quality of life for residents. It operates 11 locations, from the Castalia Quarry Metropark to Edison Woods, providing opportunities for residents and tourists to enjoy outdoor activities and nature programming.
A good parks system is a key building block for any community. We urge voters to consider those quality of life issues and the return on investment Erie Metroparks provides when they vote on Issue 4.