Chamber board gives endorsement to Ross County Parks District levy

You may consider the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce “ALL IN” on the Ross County Parks District levy on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The Board of Directors of the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce unanimously voted Wednesday to endorse the levy.

“A strong business climate is helped by a strong network of well-maintained parks and recreational trails that add to the look and feel of our community,” said Mike Throne, president and CEO of the Chamber. “A ‘yes’ vote is one that will help maintain the Paint Creek Recreational Trail, the Coppel Athletic Complex and Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve – just three of the great offerings from the park district.”

The parks district’s track record of more than 25 years of quality service, coupled with a forward-thinking vision also fits with the Chamber’s stated mission of community development that adds to the business community, Throne said.

The endorsement comes after Levy Chair Ty McBee met with the Chamber’s advocacy committee and presented information on the campaign. The advocacy committee recommended approval to the full board, which concurred with the recommendation.

“The Ross County Parks District is an integral part of our community’s continued revitalization. They provide public access to much-needed resources such as recreation, student education and programming, and sports participation,” said McBee.

The Chamber, which has more than 700 members, will consider endorsements in issues that pertain to economic and community development, but does not take sides in races involving candidates.