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Columbus zoo wants more money from taxpayers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium wants more money from taxpayers to pay for improvements and expansion.

The zoo board voted Wednesday to put a permanent, 1.25-mill property-tax issue on the May ballot. It's the first time the board has asked for a continuing levy.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1eug6XT ) reports that the additional money would enable the zoo to build a downtown satellite facility, expand the aquarium, build a new animal hospital and make other improvements.

The request now goes to Franklin County commissioners for approval. The current 10-year levy will expire in 2015.

The current levy costs the owner of a $100,000 house in the county $21.29 a year in taxes. The 1.25-mill levy would more than double that, to $43.75 a year.

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