July 25, 2014

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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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Wellington voters pass emergency schools levy

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WELLINGTON — It took a community to build an auditorium, and on Tuesday, that community came together again to pass an emergency renewal levy for the Wellington Schools. About 60 percent of voters — or 787 voters — approved the levy, according to unofficial returns. The no votes tallied 520. A renewal was sorely needed, Read More…

Sheffield Lake passes levy to fund police, fire departments

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SHEFFIELD LAKE — Due to confusion over where his new polling place was, Homer Browning said he had to go to three locations before voting Tuesday. Despite the hassle, Browning said he was determined to vote. “I told the wife, ‘Hey, I’ve got to exercise my constitutional right because people are dying around the world Read More…

Levy for Lorain County Crime Lab funding fails

ELYRIA — Voters on Tuesday rejected a levy that would have brought in additional funding for the Lorain County Crime Lab. According to unofficial election returns from the county Board of Elections, 15,492 voters representing 54 percent of the ballots cast were against the levy while 13,341 voters, or 46 percent, favored the measure. County Read More…

North Ridgeville library renewal levy passes

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Renewal of a 1.91-mill levy Tuesday means the North Ridgeville Branch Library will be able to continue offering its array of programs and services for the busy facility. “We’re always glad when people see the value in the library and always appreciate their support,” Meagan Hayes said following the levy’s relatively easy Read More…

Voters reject Keystone Schools levy

Committee volunteer Brad Copley and Treasurer Don Griswold watch election results for the Keystone Schools levy on Tuesday at The Depot in LaGrange. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE – Despite his best efforts, including making a bet to run 60 miles if the Keystone Schools levy passed, Superintendent Jay Arbaugh will have to find another way to finance the district’s operating expenses. Keystone’s five-year, 5.95-mill levy was turned down by voters Tuesday night with just 749 voters – or 40 percent of Read More…

North Ridgeville bond issue to fund road projects fails

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Mayor David Gillock said Tuesday night he felt the city was leveraging its dollars in smart fashion when it came to the $8 million bond issue on the primary ballot to cover the city’s share of the $64.8 million widening of Center Ridge and Lear-Nagle roads. “Being a big-dollar issue, I figured Read More…

Oberlin income tax increase passes

OBERLIN – Once the voting tallies started rolling in Tuesday evening, it became clear that Oberlin voters declared an income tax increase necessary. Issue 22 called for raising the tax rate from 1.9 percent to 2.5 percent to offset local government funding cuts as well as the elimination of the estate tax. The 0.6 increase Read More…

Brownhelm Twp. ambulance levy fails by 4 votes

Voters in Brownhelm Township defeated a levy to increase funding for fire and ambulance services Tuesday by four votes, unofficial results show. The levy was a five-year additional 2-mill levy that would have raised $97,000 for the township’s ambulance and fire services. On Tuesday, 92 voted against the levy and 88 for, or 51 percent Read More…