The Press Newspaper
Genoa voters can expect a park levy renewal on the fall ballot.
Village officials are awaiting the Ottawa County auditor’s office certification of the paperwork turned in for the 1.3-mill, five-year renewal levy. That certification will tell how much the levy will generate annually for the village as well as how much the average homeowner can expect to pay, village administrator Kevin Gladden said.
That levy, along with a 0.75-mill park levy that expires in 2013, had been generating about $80,000 yearly for the village, the administrator said.
The funds are used for general park operations, specifically those at Veterans Park that includes the baseball diamonds and the quarry.
But the dollars will have to stretch a little further in coming years.
“We’ve picked up a lot of responsibility since this park levy passed five years ago,” Gladden said.
That “responsibility” consists of about 12 new acres to maintain. The village took possession of five acres alongside Veterans Park formerly owned by the Blausey family. And, when Genoa schools closed Brunner Elementary to build a new elementary school, school administrators gave the village seven acres there to add to its park system.
Lights have been installed at the softball fields at the former Brunner land. And village crews have been working on grading and improving the grass on the former Blausey land. “It’s looking pretty good over there. So to me, we might be ready for soccer fields soon. The coaches are looking to the big field regulation teams next year,” Gladden said.
The village has until Aug. 8 to file its legislation to be on the Nov. 6 ballot, according to the Ottawa County Board of Elections.
When the certification is received, village council will begin the process for placing the issue on the ballot, Gladden said.