Milford voters asked to OK tax for park and new school on Nov. 2

Here's a rendering of the $7.7 million Five Points Landing Park Milford wants to build between Main Street and Lila Avenue.

Milford voters will be asked to approve two property-tax hikes in November: a bond issue to build a new middle school and a tax levy to develop a flagship park in the city.

A divided Milford City Council recently voted to put the 5-year, 3-mill parks and recreation levy on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Mayor Amy Vilardo voted against it, even though she said she “100%” supports a parks levy.

Vilardo wanted to delay pursuing the levy until after November so as not to jeopardize passage of a 2.47-mill bond issue the Milford schools put on the ballot in July.

'I do not believe the timing is right'

“I voted no because I do not believe the timing is right,” she said.

“The park is a want, not a need. And to put it on the ballot with a school levy could potentially negatively affect one or the other.”

One Milford city councilmember joined Vilardo in her dissenting vote.

But they were outnumbered by yes votes from the other five councilmembers who want to proceed now with plans years in the making to turn vacant property at the city’s Five Points intersection into a park with a tall clock tower.

A wrecking crane takes a bite out of the former Milford Main Middle School in Milford in May 2016.

The $7.7 million Five Points Landing Park is to be developed in three phases at the pie-shaped property between Main Street and Lila Avenue.

It includes the site of the former Milford Main Middle School, which was demolished in 2016. 

The parks levy would cost homeowners $157.50 a year for every $150,000 of their property’s appraised value.

Milford City Manager Michael Doss said proceeds from the levy, which is expected to generate a total of $2.8 million for the city, would be used to complete the first phase of Five Points Landing Park.

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