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Columbus Zoo will not seek levy request in November

Columbus Zoo will not seek levy request in November
Posted July 9th, 2014 @ 6:52pm by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will not go back to the ballot box for a levy request in November 2014. 

The Zoo's Board of Trustees making that decision Wednesday, after a 1.25-mill levy request for Franklin Count yin May failed before voters.

Board Chair Phil Pikelny says, "Our leadership is committed to listening to taxpayers and community leaders and using their input to help shape a revised levy proposal."

Revenue from the current levy will expire at the end of 2015. Tom Stalf, Zoo president and CEO, says, "We heard the concerns of voters in May when the levy request did not pass. Before making another request, our plan is to reach out and listen to a diversity of groups and individuals in our community as our next steps."

As a result of the levy failure in May, the zoo scrapped plans to build a satellite campus in downtown Columbus.


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