Road to Recreation

About Issue 22 & the Road to Recreation

  • On Nov. 2, 2021, Hilliard residents approved Issue 22, an additional 0.5% municipal income tax, paid by individuals who work in the City of Hilliard corporate boundaries (regardless of whether they live here).
  • The additional revenue will be dedicated for recreation and parks, including design, construction, and operation of a new community center comparable to those in neighboring communities.

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The Process

Current phase: Public Feedback

Next meeting: April 28 at 7 p.m., Hilliard Senior Center

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The City of Hilliard estimates the additional revenue would be around $7.2 million per year. This money will be dedicated solely for recreation and parks capital, programming, and operational expenses, including, but not limited to:

  • Community Center design, construction, maintenance and operations;
  • Trail acquisition, development and maintenance
  • Athletic field and facility design, construction, maintenance and operations
  • Parkland acquisition, development and maintenance
  • Older adult programming, services, and facilities
  • Capital projects (new, replacement, and improvements, including roads and utilities associated with Recreation and Parks infrastructure development and maintenance)
  • Art, culture and history facility and site acquisition, development, maintenance and operations
  • Recreation, parks, health and wellness programing and services
  • Special events programming and services
  • Recreation and parks facility upgrade and maintenance
  • Payment of principal and interest on debt issued by the City for the expenses listed above

More to Watch

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Many Hilliard residents have long said it would be wonderful to have a modern community center, perhaps along the lines as those offered in Westerville, Dublin, and Worthington.

In preparing to place Issue 22 on the November ballot, the City also has performed resident surveys and focus groups to identify what kinds of recreation and parks amenities our community desires most. This research included a regional market assessment that examine the types of recreational facilities, programs, and services needed in Hilliard and nearby communities.

The results of the survey, market study, feasibility report, and cost estimates for a possibile community center were presented to City Council this spring. In June, RPAC recommended that Hilliard City Council place an initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot.