PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT  FROM PETITION LANGUAGE 

TAXATION AND FINANCE Section 9.

Beginning with the levy for the purposes of use in the year 2016 the council shall levy a tax of one (1) mill upon the real and personal property in the city, to be used to fund capital improvements to new and existing city parks facilities consistent with the following requirements:
(a) Revenue generated by the levy is limited to use for the following purposes:
(1) acquisition of new parks department land and facilities;
(2) capital maintenance of new and existing parks department facilities; and
(3) payment of debt service on parks department land and facilities, including costs of issuing and managing debt instruments, which payment shall have priority over all other expenditures of levy revenue.


FROM BALLOT LANGUAGE OF Issue 22 PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT CITY OF CINCINNATI
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

Shall the Charter of the City of Cincinnati Article VIII, Taxation and Finance, be amended to add a new Section 9 for the purpose of establishing a permanent source of funding to be used by the Board of Park Commissioners for capital improvements and capital maintenance, (extra stuff added for ballot language that is not in Charter amendment:) including the acquisition of new park lands and green space, upgrades to existing park facilities and equipment, bicycle paths, and lighting and safety improvements, specifically as follows:

(a) Establish a tax levy for the benefit of the Cincinnati Parks Department for the purposes of
(1) acquisition of new parks department land and facilities;
(2) capital maintenance of new and existing parks department facilities; and
(3) payment of debt service on parks department land and facilities
at a rate not exceeding one mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 10 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation;

 

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FROM PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT

(b) Twenty-five percent (25%) of annual levy revenue shall be made available to the board of park commissioners for any use authorized in subsection (a) except for payment of debt service.
(c) The remaining seventy-five percent (75%) of levy revenue shall be made available to the board of park commissioners to be spent in accordance with a parks capital levy program recommended by the mayor and approved by board of park commissioners, (important information that would be in the Charter but was not listed in ballot language) including but not limited to the payment of debt service. The mayor annually shall submit a proposed capital levy program for expenditure of levy revenue for levy purposes, which program shall be subject to approval by a simple majority of the board of park commissioners. Upon approval of the capital levy program each year, the board of park commissioners shall have control and management authority over the implementation of the approved capital levy program. The board of park commissioners may amend an approved capital levy program with approval from the mayor.


FROM BALLOT LANGUAGE

(b) Twenty-five percent of the annual revenue generated by such additional levy shall be made available to the Board of Park Commissioners for any purpose permitted by section (a) except for the payment of debt service on parks department land and facilities;

(c) Seventy-five percent of the annual revenue generated by such additional levy shall be used in accordance with a capital program recommended by the Mayor of the City of Cincinnati and approved by the Board of Park Commissioners; and

 

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FROM PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT LANGUAGE

In addition to and separate from the park (the ballot language left off the fact that this money would be for "Capital building & maintenance only with no money being allocated for the day-to-day "Operation Budget" for the new or existing Cincinnati Park Properties:) capital levy revenue described above, council shall fund the annual parks department capital budget at an amount not less than 2016 funding levels, adjusted annually for inflation. For the avoidance of error, the capital budget funding level in 2016 is deemed to be $2,300,000 for purposes of this section.

FROM BALLOT LANGUAGE

(d) Beginning with fiscal year 2016, the Council of the City of Cincinnati shall appropriate no less than $2,300,000.00 per year to the Cincinnati Parks Department and such appropriation shall be adjusted annually to reflect inflation?