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Feb, 2024

March 19 Ballot Issue Information

March 19, Ballot Issues

On March 19th, Delaware City voters will see two issues on the ballot, but only one new tax.  Both issues directly impact Delaware’s large and diverse soccer community, thus the Delaware Soccer Association is actively supporting these two issues.  

In short, the passage of both tax issues will enable the continuation and enhancement of Delaware parks and recreation services…PLUS the possible development of a new multi-sports complex, which is so desperately needed for soccer and other community sports programs.  In short, we’re quickly running out of park space for Delaware children, youth and adults to play soccer and participate in other outdoor activities.

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The Delaware Soccer Association (formerly named DYAA) was established in 1975 in response to the growing interest in soccer for Central Ohio children and youth.  Now in its 49th year, DSA is Delaware’s largest and oldest sports program, serving children, youth and adults during the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons…with programs for all ages, regardless of skill level, experience, or school affiliation.

Growth within the Delaware Soccer Association has been both exciting and dramatic.  In 2022, DSA served 1,690 children, youth and adults…in 2023 DSA served 1,870…and in 2024, DSA will serve 2,050+ children, youth and adults…and DSA’s exponential growth is likely to continue.

Again, of great significance to the soccer community and all outdoor enthusiasts, is the fact that the passage of both issues will enable the development of a new sports complex.    

One issue simply renews the 0.15% Parks and Recreation tax that was approved in 2008.  That levy generated the funds necessary to a) build Delaware’s Rec Center (YMCA), and b) improve/enlarge area parks and equipment.   This upcoming “no new tax”levy will enable Parks and Rec to maintain area fields, which is of direct benefit to DSA children, youth and adults.

The other issue proposes a temporary 0.35% income tax to make capital improvements to existing facilities, maintain infrastructures, streets, Municipal Court, and local economic development projects.  This is a 5-year income tax increase and it is important to remember that Delaware’s last increase was back in 2010.  

DSA urges you to support both tax issues for the benefit of Delaware’s children, youth and adults.  If you have any questions or desire specifics, please visit the City of Delaware’s website and follow the links to the Tax Levy. .


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