The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced its endorsement of the City of Canton’s renewal tax levy to fund Canton Parks and Recreation. The 5-mill, 5-year levy, which will appear as Issue 2 on the May 4 ballot, replaces the existing levy that expires this year. It does not include any new taxes.

“The presence of a well-maintained park system in our community is an important asset enhancing our quality of life, advancing our economic development objectives, and supporting our efforts to attract and retain talent, especially for younger workers,” said Dennis Saunier, president and CEO of the Chamber. “The city parks also provide an important northern gateway linking the downtown with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Village.” 

Since the passage of the last levy in 2016, Mayor Bernabei’s administration has overseen significant improvements in the administration of the parks, and hired Doug Foltz as Parks and Recreation director in 2018. The replacement levy will allow Canton Parks and Recreation to continue park operations, improvements, and recreational programming.

Support of the levy was vetted and approved by the Chamber’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Therefore, the Chamber urges City of Canton residents to VOTE YES on Issue 2 on May 4. Voters must be registered by April 5 to vote in the primary election; the State of Ohio Voter Registration Form can be accessed here

For additional information on the Chamber's support of Issue 2, please contact Jeff Dafler, vice president of public policy and economic development, at 330.224.1167 or