Friday, November 1st, 2013
By Margie Wuebker
Minster voters to decide levy renewal for parks
Election November 2013
MINSTER - The Minster Local Schools Board of Education is seeking renewal of a 0.2-mill recreation levy to support two parks.
The five-year levy generates $12,349 annually. Proceeds are earmarked for Melcher Street Park, owned by the school district, and Seventh Street Park, which is leased from the village. If approved, the owner of a $100,000 market value home will pay $6.30 annually.
Revenue from the recreation levy is used for utilities, landscaping, baseball field maintenance and general upkeep of fencing, dugouts, restrooms, bleachers, concession stand, batting cage, playground and garage.
Money collected during the past five years has paid for a lawn mower, backstop net, outfield fence repair, and a popcorn popper and refrigerator for the concession stand.
Treasurer Laura Klosterman said the levy, which expires at the end of the year, first passed at the polls in 1953. It has garnered voter approval every five years since. The levy will continue to collect the 12.5 percent rollback from the state, unlike replacement and new levies beginning in 2014, she added.