Fact Sheet Regarding Issue 1: MetroParks of Butler County Replacement Levy
On the Ballot November 2, 2021
In more detail, Levy Funds will allow MetroParks to:
• Operate and enhance existing parks and natural areas by:
o Maintaining, developing and creating trail corridors with paved or natural surfaces that link existing trails and pathways; and
o Replacing and/or installing new play equipment; and
o Providing new or improved restrooms, parking, shelters, footbridges, and playing fields in MetroParks properties located across Butler County, and to serve as required local matching funds for capital improvement grants and donations.
• Save, protect and improve Butler County’s open space, clean water and wildlife so future generations can enjoy these
amenities just as they can be enjoyed today; and
• Preserve lands to protect clean drinking water by preserving natural green space as recharge areas for local aquifers;
• Improve the water quality of our rivers, lakes, and streams by conserving upland areas along the Great Miami River,
Indian Creek, Four Mile Creek, and other water courses in Butler County; and
• Protect forested and reforested areas to improve air quality; and
• Preserve wildlife habitat by managing park areas for both wildlife protection, diversity and public enjoyment; and
• Provide educational programs on such topics as nature education, conservation education, historic interpretation,
wildlife education, programming to local children, schools, families and adults; and
• Provide recreational programs related to hiking, walking, jogging, fishing, boating, camping and other outdoor
• Use grant funding and/or non-tax resources to acquire land for future park areas from willing sellers only and restore
lands for future parks; and
• Promote and protect parks and park visitors; and
• Leverage local funds by matching them with state, federal and private dollars as indicated below:
o Levy funds facilitate partnerships, collaborations and sponsorships for capital park improvement and other
o Since 2008, more than $10 million (in cash or in-kind value) has been leveraged for park system capital
improvements from outside sources (non-levy funds).
• Provide Motor Vehicle Permits and programming to Butler County Residents at no or low additional cost while charging
non-residents higher, but still reasonable amounts for the same access or opportunities.
Additional MetroParks Facts:
50%. These cuts remain in place today.
Pandemic. A record 1.2 million people enjoyed a visit to the MetroParks in 2020. Trends indicate total park system
visitation in 2021 will break the 2020 record.
and/or reduced park maintenance and programming since the MetroParks, which is a separate unit of government,
receives no operating funds from the Butler County General Fund or from other local political subdivisions.
Fees and sales income has typically covered the balance of the park systems operating budget. Grants, Sponsorships
and/or donations are almost always used to fund capital improvement projects and the park system pledges to
continue to aggressively pursue outside funding in order to keep local taxes as low as possible and yet still deliver
quality greenspace parks to Butler County residents.
passage of a county-wide property tax levy.
first levy was passed by the Butler County Voters.
amount to less than 7¢ per day per $100,000 in taxable value.