September 2, 2014

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Economy key as Ohio governor candidates enter final months

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, and his Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald

CINCINNATI — Looking at a wide view of Ohio’s economy, there are clear signs of economic progress during Republican John Kasich’s time as governor. Zooming into the kitchen tables of typical Ohioans brings a fuzzier picture. In the broad view, the state has added jobs and reduced unemployment, and overall state income and consumer spending Read More…

Ohio absentee ballot requests on way for voters

COLUMBUS — Ohio voters with up-to-date addresses will soon get an absentee ballot application for the November election. Residents should start receiving the applications around Labor Day, Secretary of State Jon Husted announced. Voters can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason. During the last presidential election, 6.9 million Read More…

Grafton puts income tax increase on November ballot

GRAFTON — The village will ask voters to approve a 0.25 percent additional income tax for five years in November. Council President David DiVencenzo said Council unanimously voted to place the five-year additional income tax on the ballot. “Income to our general fund has seen a decline of support that we have traditionally received from Read More…

Elyria officials plan campaign to seek support for income tax increase

ELYRIA — The countdown to the November general election is on, and city officials have 90 days to convince Elyria residents that their newest plan to raise taxes is the right way to go. Mayor Holly Brinda said she anticipates needing a lot of community volunteers and at least $40,000 in donations before Election Day Read More…

Elyria Council OKs income tax increase on Nov. ballot

ELYRIA — With little discussion, Council on Monday approved three resolutions and one ordinance in quick succession to place a 0.25 percent income tax increase before voters, touting the issue as necessary to infuse more than $3.5 million into the city’s struggling coffers. The city has until 4 p.m. Wednesday to place issues on the November Read More…

Commissioner candidates agree to debate on website

Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, left, and state Rep. Matt Lundy

ELYRIA — The Chronicle-Telegram will host a debate between Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams and his challenger, state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria. The debate, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 1, will be made available on The Chronicle’s website. “We want readers to see the candidates matched up against each other and exploring how Read More…

Lorain County Commissioners to try Crime Lab levy again

ELYRIA — For the second time this year, Lorain County voters will have a chance to vote on a levy that would support the operation of the county’s Crime Lab. But voters won’t see a return to the ballot by a levy that would have done the same for Lorain County Transit. Voters shot down Read More…

Commissioner candidates disagree on potential slate of debates

Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, left, and state Rep. Matt Lundy

ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams and state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, accused each other of dishonesty Friday as they continued to spar over the shape of debates before the November election in which Lundy is trying to unseat the Republican Williams. “The guy’s a liar,” Williams said of Lundy when asked about a Read More…

Keystone Schools to seek 5.95-mill new levy

LAGRANGE — The Keystone school board weighed three tax levy options before board members approved a resolution Monday night to place an additional 5.95-mill operating levy on the Nov. 4 ballot. A 5.95-mill levy would generate about $1.4 million annually for the district for a continuing period of time. According to information provided by the Read More…

North Ridgeville income tax hike on ballot

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — City Council approved one of two measures Monday night to place a 0.85 percent city income tax hike on the November ballot. Action to approve the issue was a bit unusual, due to City Charter provisions. Council approved a resolution to place the tax increase on the ballot, but postponed action on a Read More…