December 19, 2014

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Election: LCCC rallies for Issue 2

The rally at Lorain Community College on Thursday evening was well attended by students as well as community members interested in learning about the benefits Issue 2 provides should it be passed. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The rally at Lorain Community College on Thursday evening was well attended by students as well as community members interested in learning about the benefits Issue 2 provides should it be passed. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Passage of Issue 2 would make Teja Vazquez’s life a lot easier.

Vaqzuez, close to earning an associate degree in nursing, is planning to join 3,000 Lorain County Community College students who take part in the University Partnership Program, which allows them to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees and professional certificates on campus. Issue 2, a 10-year, 1.5 mill property tax levy renewal that includes a 0.6 mill increase, would pay for the program.

Rejection of the levy might mean Vazquez, a 30-year-old Lorain resident and mother of four children, would have to commute about 75 miles daily to the University of Akron to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. That would mean spending more money on gas, car maintenance and daycare.

Teja Vazquez, of Lorain, and her husband, Jefferey, are among hose who will be affected by Issue 2. Teja is in her first year of Nursing School at LCCC, partnering with The University of Akron. If the bill does not pass, Teja, a mother of four, will have to commute regularly to Akron to complete her degree rather than continuing her education at LCCC.

Teja Vazquez, of Lorain, and her husband, Jefferey, are among hose who will be affected by Issue 2. Teja is in her first year of Nursing School at LCCC, partnering with The University of Akron.

“If the levy does pass, it will save me money and time,” Vazquez said at a Thursday rally on the college campus, 1005 N. Abbe Road, for passage of Issue 2. “It’ll just make life easier.”

Meletha Glover, 51, of Lorain, earned associate degrees in human resources management and business administration at the college and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Kent State University. Without the partnership, Glover would have to commute about 65 miles daily, something she’d like to avoid.

“To be able to do everything in one location is a plus,” Glover said. “It would be a long commute every day and the winters are not kind.”

However, with voter turnout traditionally light in non-presidential elections, Church said passage isn’t guaranteed.

He urged rally goers to encourage others to vote early at the Lorain County Board of Elections or vote on Election Day Nov. 5.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.

Issue 2

WHAT IT IS: Renewal of a 1.5 mill property tax levy that includes a 0.6 mill increase
for Lorain County Community College.
DURATION: 10 years
HOW MUCH WOULD IT RAISE: $12 million annually
PURPOSE: Paying for the University Partnership Program, which allows LCCC students to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees and professional certificates from area colleges on the LCCC campus and to pay for infrastructure improvements related to the program.
COST TO TAXPAYER: The owner of a home worth $100,000 would pay an additional $21 per year.
Source: Lorain County Community College