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Ironton mayor plans to push for recreation levy on 2013 ballot

Nov. 08, 2012 @ 11:15 PM

IRONTON -- Mayor Rich Blankenship said he plans to push to put a recreation levy back before city voters again next year.

Ironton voters defeated a proposal for a five-year levy that would have brought in about $63,500 for youth sports programs and taking care of community parks in Ironton earlier this week by a total of 2,253 to 2,141.

"We have time to run it again," Blankenship said Thursday.

The way the levy was set up, revenues will be forthcoming to pay for the sports programs and park maintenance, including cutting the grass, through next year due to a prior levy.

City officials sought a replacement levy on the November general election ballot, a measure which would have brought in an additional $2,500.

"We need to explain what this levy goes for," Blankenship said. "We're dealing with the youth of our community and our parks."

He said the levy pays for programs including youth football and youth baseball and for youth cheerleader programs.

Meanwhile, voters in Rome Township approved a renewal on a five-year fire levy by a total of 2,458 to 1,343. The levy will bring in more than $70,000 per year, said Joe Burgess, chief of the Rome Volunteer Fire Department.

The money will be used for new fire hydrants, firefighters' gear, fire prevention efforts and fire education efforts, Burgess said.