Columbus Zoo Levy Supporters Make Final Appeal To Voters


UPDATED: Saturday May 3, 2014 7:36 PM

With the May Primary just days away, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium made a final appeal to Franklin County voters to approve a permanent, 1.25-mill property-tax issue.

Supporters held two family-oriented community events in Bexley and Columbus Saturday to help educate people on Issue 6.

If passed, the levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $44 per year.

"The return on that investment is $250 million of economic impact to Central Ohio. In addition, the experience of the zoo, the national attention we get, the international attention we get, this is a jewel for our community and I think we should protect it," said Sean Mentel, Co-Chair of the Columbus Zoo levy campaign.

The community events featured activities for children and appearances by Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Jack Hanna.

Opponents argue Issue 6 will put another financial burden on already-strapped taxpayers.

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