September 16, 2014

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Lorain County Metro Parks to ask for 10-year renewal levy

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AMHERST — The Lorain County Metro Parks board will seek additional money from voters in November. Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik said the board voted unanimously Thursday to ask voters to renew an existing 10-year, 1.3-mill levy with a 0.3-mill increase. The levy now brings in about $7.9 million annually and provides the majority of Read More…

Oberlin Schools to put 1-mill levy on ballot

OBERLIN — After funding setbacks and years of planning, the Oberlin school district is starting to make the first major steps toward a facility renovation and consolidation project. The school board voted Tuesday to put a 1-mill continuous levy on the November ballot that would raise about $180,000 yearly for building facilities, maintaining buses and Read More…

Children services to put levy on November ballot

ELYRIA — Lorain County Children Services will ask voters for more money in November. The county commissioners approved a request from the agency Wednesday to place a 1.5-mill renewal levy with a .3-mill increase on the ballot. The levy now produces about $8.7 million of Children Services’ annual budget of $17 million, Executive Director Scott Read More…

Commissioners put 10-year mental health levy on November ballot

ELYRIA — Voters will decide a renewal levy to fund mental health services in Lorain County on the November ballot. The Lorain County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Wednesday to place a 1.2-mill renewal levy on the upcoming ballot. The levy generates about $7.31 million a year, said Charles Neff, executive director of the county Board Read More…

Strong support in Elyria passes library’s Issue 3

Elyria library director Lyn Crouse, library board chairman  Bill McFadden, and Debbie Kroup, levy campaign co-chair, wait for election results Tuesday night. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Elyria voters saved the library. The 1.9-mill property tax levy that, had it failed, would have slashed 50 percent of the library’s operating budget was passed overwhelmingly by city voters, whose support lead to a strong victory for the Elyria Public Library System. With so much on the line and funding nuances that couldn’t have Read More…

Voter turnout for primary election ‘abysmal’

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SHEFFIELD TWP. – Voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election was lower the Lorain County Board of Elections officials had expected. Both elections board Director Paul Adams and Deputy Director Jim Kramer had predicted turnout would be around 19 percent of the county’s 202,672 registered voters. Tuesday’s turnout ended up being 14.75 percent, Adams said. “The Read More…

Voters reject levy to fund Lorain County Transit

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ELYRIA – For the second year in a row, Lorain County voters have rejected a property tax levy to support Lorain County Transit. According to unofficial election returns from the Lorain County Board of Elections, 16,746 voters, or 58 percent, cast ballots against the 0.065-mill levy. The returns showed that 12,180 voters, or 42 percent, Read More…

Elyria voters show support for schools by passing levy

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ELYRIA — Six months ago, Elyria voters did their part to show their support for Elyria Schools by passing a 4.95-mill property tax levy. Tuesday, voters reiterated their support for the district with the passage of Issue 2 – a 15.57-mill property tax renewal –the combination of two renewal levies merged together into one ballot Read More…

Lorain Port Authority renewal levy passes

The Lorain Port Authority’s funding has been solidified for another five years. The Port Authority, which has been around for 50 years, saw voters approve a five-year, 1-mill property tax renewal Tuesday that supplies $800,000 of the agency’s $1 million annual budget. Voters approved the issue 65 percent to 35 percent, or 2,686 in favor Read More…

Elyria library tax levy passes

Lyn Crouse, left, Elyria Public Library System director,  and Janet Long, chair of the library levy committee, wait  for results at Elyria West River Branch Library. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA – Successfully passing a tax levy is not an easy thing to do, especially when your history does not include needing that kind of taxpayer support to do your job.
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