October 24, 2014

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Sheffield Lake Council votes down 2 levies

SHEFFIELD LAKE — City Council did not have enough votes Monday night to place two 0.5-mill property tax increases on the November ballot.

With a 4-to-3 vote, Council was well shy of the two-thirds super majority needed to pass the ordinance on the first reading, which would have put the levies up for a vote in this year’s general election. The ordinance needed to be passed before today’s deadline to place items on the ballot.

Mayor John Piskura said the additional funds would help to replace a 1972 fire truck, an aging ambulance and 10 police cruisers. He expects that Council will pass the ordinance on its third reading, which only requires a simple majority, so it will be on the May ballot.

“It wasn’t able to be filed in time, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be on in May,” he said.

Together, the two levies would provide the city an additional $170,000 over five years and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $35 a year.

Piskura said the passing of the levies wasn’t crucial, but that they were intended as preparation for when those aging vehicles eventually break down.

Voting against the levies were Council members Joyce Hanks, 1st Ward, Diana Husak, at large, and Alan Smith, 2nd Ward.

Contact Adam Wright at 653-6257 or awright@chroniclet.com.