November 27, 2014

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Elyria voters approve income tax renewal

Richard Jackson Human Resource Director watches as Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka gets a victory hug from Mayor Holly Brinda after Issue 5 passed. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Richard Jackson Human Resource Director watches as Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka gets a victory hug from Mayor Holly Brinda after Issue 5 passed. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A 0.5 percent income tax renewal supporting city operations passed Tuesday night with overwhelming support, something Mayor Holly Brinda attributed to voter trust in the current direction of the city.

“I am humbled and pleased voters appear to see we are trying to use tax dollars effectively and efficiently,” she said Tuesday night.

The issue passed with 5,936 votes in favor of renewal and 2,932 votes against, or 67 percent to 33 percent, according to unofficial election results.

She and several dozen city employees watched election results streamed in to Wolfey’s Bistro and Pub on East Broad Street. It was a joyous affair, in contrast to the tough campaign.

“We literally had hundreds of volunteers, both employees and citizens,” Brinda said. “This was all about the singular message that providing city services is vital to the city’s future.”

The income tax generates roughly $6 million for the city. The renewal does not result in any additional dollars each time it goes before voters, but that does not mean it is not needed in the city.

Going forward, Brinda said the city still will have a lot of work to do to stay atop of its finances. Her administration will continue to look for savings everywhere it can and implement cost-saving measures gleaned from the recommendations of the state performance audit conducted early this year.

“We will continue to work as team to secure Elyria’s future,” she said.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.


  • Stan K

    I love how they base the campaign on this statement “The renewal does not result in any additional dollars each time it goes before voters “…WELL how about a REDUCTION for a change. This city thinks we are complacent with paying these TAXES! As far as the direction of the city, it is still going in the wrong direction.Mabye not at the breakneck speed that it was going under Bill Grace but there is still a considerable amount of waste under Brindas administration.

    • stop ur whining

      if you want a truly good city to live in it is simple. you need to raise taxes forcing those that can not afford to live there any longer out. you then use extra tax revenue to flood your city with extra police to take out the trash. then any revenue left you dump into your schools. elyria needs to attract young couples starting families. but to attract those people you need to provide a safe environment and excellent schools. once you bring the people back, businesses return. you get what you pay for and elyrians always talk a good game about wanting more. they want a city like bay, westlake, rocky river, avon lake. well, the taxes in all of those cities are higher, but they have nice parks, good schools, good roads, and low crime.

      • Soon2bMrsB

        Genius thinking here!!! I am in total agreement! I would pay higher taxes to get the trash out!!!

        • stop ur whining

          every politician trying to revive elyria has always had it backwards. they think attracting new business is the answer when it is actually the end result. people drive your city and a safe environment and great schools attract your people. problem is that it is a hard sell to the people.

  • Soon2bMrsB

    This city needs that money to keep more police, fire, & general maintenance on our streets! There is waste all across the government! If you use your brain less money equals less protection for the city!!! The city crime is bad enough & you want to pay less money for less protection??!!! Wow , people like you is why Elyria is the way it is!

    • Mark B

      How do you explain all of the city vehicles you see driving all over town all day long every day , but yet you NEVER see them out of the vehicle doing anything? More money is just more for the gravy train

      • Soon2bMrsB

        I am pretty sure I said in my comment that there is government waste, however it goes a lot higher than city government! So maybe you should take your complaints all the way to DC! Until then I want the city I live in to not fall apart even more than it already has!!!

  • bigmacky

    let’s see – I predict frivolous spending – promotions based on name – and – and- some layoffs