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Published May 23, 2010, 08:17 PM

Grafton's Park District Seeks More Funding

Grafton voters will decide on June 8th whether to slightly raise property taxes to pay for park improvements. The increase would raise about $75,000 dollars a year for the park district.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Tim Dvorak lives in here in Grafton with his wife and six kids. He says parks are important to his family.

Tim Dvorak / Grafton Resident : "A lot of people in the park. Have a pool open all summer long. I see a lot of people use the picnic, campgrounds. I think they prove to be pretty good thing. "

The Grafton Park District is hoping people like Tim put their money where their mouth is on June 8th when they will ask to raise property taxes by 14 mils. The extra money would pay for general maintenance of the district's buildings and land.

Bill Dahl / Park & Rec Director : "Any given day we a have a lot of people come through the park to use the facilities."

Park and Rec Director Bill Dahl says if voters say yes to the property tax increase, it would bring in an extra $75,000 to their general fund.

Bill Dahl: "Safety concerns, concrete around the pool. Some of the undermine going on in the bathrooms really need to start to upgrade the facilities."

Bill Dahl says the frequent damage from flooding also plays into the request for more money.

Dahl: "Some help through flood insurance, FEMA. Never enough to cover the damage that occurs.'

If the Grafton Park Board gets the needed vote's it would mean those owning a $100,000dollar house would pay another 70 dollars a year in property taxes. The district has at least one yes vote.

Tim Dvorak : " Use the parks a lot.. Facilities here in town. $70 is not a big issue for me."

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