November 27, 2014

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March primary brimming with local issues

Voters going to the polls in the March primary to pare down the field of presidential candidates will see a lot of local issues, too.

In Elyria, voters will be asked to renew a temporary income tax, and Sheffield Township has two renewal levies on the ballot. The Lorain County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and Lorain County 911 also will see kto continue existing levies as well.

In addition, four school districts will be asking voters to give them a financial boost.

Amherst and Midview are placing new levies on the ballot, while Vermilion is hoping to renew an existing levy. The fourth district, North Ridgeville, is taking a second stab at getting a bond issue passed to build schools to ease crowding in its classrooms.

 The Amherst levy is a five-year, 5.77-mil emergency operating levy, which would cost the owner of a $100,000 house an additional $176.68 a year. That would be $14.72 a month.

Superintendent Robert Boynton, in a letter on the district’s Web site, said if passed, the money raised by the levy will reduce the pay-to-play charge to $200 per year as of August.

The money also would restore the busing for kindergartner through eighth-grade.

Midview, meanwhile, is seeking a new, 2.5-mil levy to be used for general improvements for the next five years.

 “It won’t be used for salaries and benefits for employees,” said Robert Callaway, school board president. “It’ll be used to pay for necessary improvements in the district, including major repairs.”

Callaway said that the levy also would cover items such  as new buses, textbooks and computers.

Callaway said he did not have numbers available to say how much the levy will raise, or how much it will cost the owner of a $100,000 home if passed.

 “We hope they’re supportive,” he said. “We’ll see.”

Other school levies on the ballot include a 4.77-mill, three-year renewal levy for Vermilion Schools and the 4.99-mill bond issue for North Ridgeville Schools.

The other issues on the ballot are:

Elyria wants to renew a temporary income tax of 0.05 percent for five years.

The Lorain County MRDD board wants to renew its 1.69-mill levy for five years.

Lorain County 911 wants to renew its 0.35-mill levy to for five years.

Sheffield Township is asking voters to continue funding two levies — a 2-mill levy to pay current expenses and a 0.90-mil to pay for fire protection. The renewals for both are being sought for five years.

Voters in Wellington will have to decide whether to allow the Wellington Eagles No. 2051 to sell alcohol from 10 a.m. to midnight on Sundays.

Contact Kristen Halliday at 653-6285 or khalliday@chroniclet.com