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Parks levy debate heats up

In the final days before the election, Issue 22 continues to cause debate across Cincinnati.

If passed, the permanent tax added to the city's charter  translates to $35 for a $100,000 home annually.

This week, voters will have another chance to hear debate about the issue.

The Hamilton County Democratic Forum will host groups on both sides, including Mayor John Cranley at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Urban Artifact on Blue Rock Street in Northside. 

The park board and supporters say projects helped by the levy include: Burnet Wood Redevelopment, Inwood Park in Mt. Auburn, Ohio River Trail West, King Records, a new phase of development for Smale Park, redevelopment of Lytle Park, the Wasson Way trail, and other projects.

Many of these have been labeled as "shovel ready" and are slated to begin as early as 2016.

Creating a lot of debate across the city, some say the an addition of a levy to the charter is improper and unnecessary.

Others say it makes the park board too powerful and the mayor's office and other supporters have not been transparent enough about how this money would be used. They also contend that funding for specific projects are not guaranteed, the parks board had other ways to gain the money and not enough citizen consultation occurred when the levy was written.

Four members of city council have come out opposed to Issue 22, along with Charter Party. 

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