Voters pass levies for Cincinnati Zoo, Hamilton County Public Library

Voters pass levies for Cincinnati Zoo, Hamilton County Public Library

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County voters overwhelmingly approved levies Tuesday night for the Cincinnati Zoo and public library.

The zoo levy, Issue 2, passed with 78 percent of the vote, or 84,510 votes compared to 23,804 against.

The county library levy passed with 62.96 percent of the vote, or 67,933 votes.

Primary election results for Ohio and Indiana

Issue 2 dealt with a proposed renewal to a Hamilton County tax levy that funds feeding, care, and maintenance at the Cincinnati Zoo. For the past 10 years, Hamilton County residents have paid $10.08 each year for a property valued at $100,000 as part of the zoo levy.

The levy funds 17 percent of the zoo's operating budget, according to supporters.

Coming into this year's primary, voters had approved the zoo levy seven out of eight times since the first one in 1982, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Issue 3 dealt with a newly proposed levy to help with Hamilton County public library operating expenses and capital improvements.

The proposed increase will cost taxpayers an additional $35 per $100,000 of property value, the Enquirer reports.

Without this levy, the libraries would not have been able to "meet existing facility and customer needs," The Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County had said.

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