Commission denies $5.2 million BOPARC levy

MORGANTOWN — Citing a lack of support from the Morgantown Board of Recreation (BOPARC) and the City of Morgantown, the Monongalia County Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to deny placement of a five-year, $5.2 million levy for operations and maintenance of BOPARC facilities before the voters in November.
Presented by Friends of Greenbelt, the levy was denied without any additional presentation by representatives of the group.
Commission President Tom Bloom presented letters from both the city and BOPARC indicating, in the case of the city, that city council voted not to pursue levy discussions. A letter from BOPARC Director Melissa Wiles indicated there was no formal presentation of the levy information to the BOPARC board.
Commissioner Sean Sikora said he believes BOPARC has been underfunded for decades, going back at least 20 years to his time working part-time as an umpire in the park system. Even so, he explained, he couldn’t support placement of the levy without having the city and/or BOPARC at the table.

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