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Budget Commission Suspends Collection of 1986 Park Levy

15h ago
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Geauga Park District Interim Director John Oros requests the Geauga County Budget Commission approve the park district's 2015 budget and proposes suspending collection of a 1986 park levy for six months, resulting in a tax savings of $440,000. He was told the park district cannot suspend a levy for six months; the minimum period is one year. He also was given the option of rolling it back to half of the 0.7-mill levy. Oros said the park board approved and submitted a proposed budget that called for a six-month suspension of the 1986 levy; however, resident Ed Buckles questioned whether the park board ever held an open public meeting at which it was approved. Oros told Buckles he did not recall and would have to let him know. THERE WAS NO SUCH PARK BOARD MEETING HELD IN PUBLIC SESSION, WHICH OROS CONCEDED. YET, OROS SAID IT WAS HIS TESTIMONY THE SUBMITTED BUDGET WAS A BONAFIDE, APPROVED BUDGET BY THE PARK COMMISSIONERS. The county budget commission nonetheless acted unilaterally to suspend collection of the 1986 levy for one year.