ASHTABULA -- Advocates interested in conserving some of the county's most beautiful and important natural areas for recreation, could not generate enough votes to pass the 0.4 of a mill tax levy on the ballot Tuesday.

If passed it would have generated about $700,000 a year to hire staff to administer and expand the Ashtabula County Metroparks system.

The 10-year levy lost by 1,338 votes. The unofficial results were 7,583 yes votes to 8,921 no.

If passed the levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home in Ashtabula County $12.25 a year or the price of a pizza.

The funds would have been spent to hire a full-time executive director, park ranger and several full-time administrative support staff.

Metroparks, a countywide public park and recreation district, is within a 10-minute drive for every citizen of Ashtabula County. ; ;

Access to Ashtabula County Metroparks includes:

- Lampson Road Staging Area, Western Reserve Greenway, located on Lampson Road, .5-mile east of Route 45, Austinburg Township.

- Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark, located on Old Harpersfield Road, off Route 307, .5-mile from Route 45.

- Austinburg Parking Area, Western Reserve Greenway, located on the north side of Route 307, 1/4-mile east of Route 45.

- Herzog Rotary Park, located on the west side of Woodman Avenue in Ashtabula, approximately 3/4-mile south of Route 20.

- Munson Hill Station, located off Old Austinburg Road, south of Munson Hill Road and Austinburg Road.

- Rock Creek turnaround, take High Street approximately 1/2-mile east of Route 45 to Liberty and Station sts.

- North Kingsville Sand Barrens, turn north onto Poore Road from Route 20 (east of Route 193), over railroad tracks, on west side.

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