September 17, 2014

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Elections board asks for more money

$172,000 request comes on heels of $152,000 county allocation

ELYRIA — The county Board of Elections has asked the county commissioners for $172,000 just months after the commissioners gave the agency $152,000 to cover expenses.

Elections Board Director Jose Candelario had said this summer that he would likely need at least $300,000 to get through the year and meet federal and state election requirements. That still held true this week when he sent the commissioners a letter asking for more money.

The money is needed for salaries, postage, supplies, training and computer software and equipment, Candelario wrote in his letter Wednesday.

Commissioner Ted Kalo said he and his fellow commissioners will have to look at the request, but probably don’t have much of a choice.

“We’ve got to look at it, but I think it’s pretty much mandated,” he said.

Cadelario’s request is probably not the last one the commissioners will receive from department heads, who saw their budgets slashed and then partially restored earlier this year as the county grapples with the loss of $3.5 million in state funding and rising costs.

In other business, the commissioners approved an economic development plan for a project planned in Amherst Township. The move was necessary before the commissioners vote on whether to approve a tax incremental financing plan that will help run sewers for the homes being built on Pyle-South Amherst Road.

Assistant County Administrator Ron Twining said the 10-year, 75 percent abatement will be used to pay for the sewers, which must be extended 1,800 feet south of the city of Amherst.

Amherst Schools Superintendent Robert Boynton said the district opposes the abatement.

“Why should you take money from the schools to put in sewers?” he said.

Twining said the district will still receive more tax money than the $407 it receives from the current land values once the 41 homes for the development are built. According to projections, the district will receive $7,659 in taxes after the homes are built.

Commissioner Lori Kokoski said she wants to learn more about the district’s concerns before making a final decision, but at first blush, the abatement seems like a good idea.

“They’re making more than they’re making now and after 10 years, they’ll reap the full benefits,” she said.

The developer, R.J. Perritt Homes, has also promised to pay for existing homes along the new sewer line to be connected to the sewer system, Kokoski said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.