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SG-W:/ Calling All Ann Arbor Park Lovers

Ann Arbor has a fantastic parks system.  Our parks are funded through 
three separate voter-approved millages, one of which is up for 
renewal on the November 5 ballot.  I'd like to ask your help in the 
campaign to pass the parks renewal.

The ballot proposal is entitled "A Replacement Tax For Parks."  The 
millage funding is unchanged from the level approved for the expiring 
millage, costing the average Ann Arbor homeowner a little more than 
$3 per month.  These funds pay for things like planting and 
maintaining trees, landscaping, resurfacing playgrounds, repairing 
electrical systems, and restoring natural areas.  Before putting the 
millage on the ballot, the Ann Arbor City Council passed a resolution 
which provides better accountability in managing the millage funds. 
Council members specified that the millage funds can be spent only on 
work done in City parks, they capped City overhead charges at 2%, and 
they clearly defined the activities that can be paid for with these 
funds so that millage money
can't be "raided" for other purposes.  The Ecology Center, Sierra 
Club, and Parks Advisory Commission are all enthusiastically 
endorsing the ballot proposal.

You can help publicize the ballot proposal by placing a yard sign in 
your front yard.  If you'd like one, please pick one up at the 
Ecology Center's office, at 117 N. Division, between Huron and Ann 
Streets, in downtown Ann Arbor.  We have some on the front porch, so 
you can pick one up at any time of day.  If you'd really like one, 
but are unable to come here to get it, please email me, and we'll 
make arrangements.

And please feel free to contact me for more information about the 
parks proposal.

Mike Garfield
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
(734) 761-3186 ext. 104
(734) 663-2414 (fax)

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