August 1, 2014

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OBERLIN CITY COUNCIL

Voters in Oberlin will elect seven members of City Council from a field of 12, including five incumbents. What are the biggest issues facing the city? Burgess: Last year, Oberlin rejected a 50-year commitment to coal-fired electricity. In my capacity as the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, I have spent the past year and Read More…

AMHERST TAX ISSUE

Redirection of tax would keep city in the black Issue 5 What: A street improvement replacement levy Duration: 10 years How much it would raise: $2 million Purpose: Voters are being asked to replace the existing street improvement levy with a new one that allows for some of the money raised to be placed in Read More…

LORAIN — COUNCIL 3RD WARD

Lorain residents are being asked to vote for a 3rd Ward representative. There are three candidates, including the incumbent, on the ballot. What are the biggest issues facing the city? Early: Out-of-control spending and the lack of fiscal responsibility tops the list with City Council making decisions for party power and influence and bypassing the Read More…

LORAIN PORT AUTHORITY

Renewal preserves riverside festivals Issue 31 What: A 1-mill renewal Duration: Five years Raises: $960,000 annually Purpose: To run the Port Authority Cost: The owner of a $100,000 home will continue to pay $26.87 a year Alicia Castelli The Chronicle-Telegram LORAIN — Residents are being asked to renew a 1-mill levy to keep the Lorain Read More…

AVON LAKE SCHOOLS

Growing district seeks bond to help make room Issue 26 What: A 0.39-mill bond issue for a renovated stadium and new bus garage Duration: 28 years How much it would raise: $5.5 million Purpose: Modernize stadium to include additional seating and bathrooms as well as a new bus garage to handle additional buses for current Read More…

OBERLIN LIBRARY

1.5-mill levy maintains offerings Issue 35 What: 1.5-mill operating levy Duration: Five years How much it would raise: $296,000 a year Purpose: To allow the library to continue its current level of service Cost: The owner of a $100,000 home will pay $46 annually Cindy Leise The Chronicle-Telegram OBERLIN — The Oberlin Public Library is Read More…

GRAFTON LIBRARY

A levy success keeps services Issue 32 What: A 1.5-mill continuing levy How much it would raise: $739,580 annually Purpose: To support the operations of Grafton-Midview Public Library Cost to homeowner: The owner of a $100,000 home will pay $3.83 a year Melissa Linebrink The Chronicle-Telegram GRAFTON — For the first time in the Grafton-Midview Read More…

COLUMBIA SCHOOLS

Successful issue would replace aging school Issue 28 What: 2.75-mill permanent improvement levy for the Columbia Schools Duration: Ongoing How much it would raise: $574,000 a year Purpose: Add classrooms to Columbia Middle School so it can also accommodate kindergarten through fourth grade. The levy also would pay for building maintenance and improvements, buses, equipment Read More…

LORAIN SCHOOLS

District seeks 6.43-mill levy to stop bleeding Issue 30 What: A 6.43-mill emergency levy Duration: Five years Amount raised: $4.6 million a year Purpose: To run the schools, maintain current staffing and programs, and maintain facilities Cost: The owner of a $100,000 home will pay an additional $200 a year Alicia Castelli The Chronicle-Telegram LORAIN Read More…

ELYRIA SCHOOLS

Levy renewal pays bills for Elyria district Issue 29 What: A 7.96-mill renewal levy for Elyria Schools Duration: Five years How much it would raise: About $8.2 million a year, which represents about 12.5 percent of the district’s general fund budget Purpose: Operating funds and paying the bills in the district Cost: $266 a year Read More…