February 7, 2016


Former councilman leads opposition to Elyria tax issue

City tax Vote No sign at 2nd St and East Ave Sep 25.  Steve Manheim

ELYRIA — A former City Councilman has launched an opposition campaign against the city’s upcoming tax issue calling for Elyrians to vote no on Issue 14. It flies in the face of the issue’s supporters who say the 0.25 percent temporary income tax earmarked for the Police and Fire departments is about keeping Elyria safe. Read More…

Ohio GOP launches attack against state rep hopeful Brendan Mackin

A portion of a mailer produced 
by the Ohio Republican Party attacking Brendan Mackin, a Democrat  running for state representative. PHOTO PROVIDED

ELYRIA — The Ohio Republican Party launched a blistering attack on Democratic state representative hopeful Brendan Mackin this week in a mailer that accuses him of being “a ‘disaster’ in the courtroom.” The mailer, which has already appeared in Lorain County mailboxes, draws from Mackin’s final performance evaluation after his December 2010 resignation from county 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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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…