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Franklin Co. Considers New Zoo Levy

POWELL (Jen French) -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium board is asking for a permanent 1.25-mil levy for the May ballot.

It would go into effect in 2015, when the .75-mil levy expires.

Improvements would include an interactive downtown location, which would feature an aquarium and perhaps a rainforest, said zoo president Tom Stalf.  

The new levy would also pay for zoo maintenance and expand current exhibits.

The zoo currently collects about $18 million from taxpayers each year. If the new levy passes, that figure would rise to $36 million.

If approved, homeowners would pay $44 instead of $22 per $100,000 of property valuation each year.

Franklin County commissioners have until February to decide if the levy should appear on the May ballot.

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