April 20, 2014

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Levy failure means district reductions in Avon Lake

AVON LAKE — Cuts are a given for the Avon Lake school district after Tuesday’s failure of a 9.04-mill emergency operating levy. Unofficial results show the five-year issue failed by a 6,744 to 6,029 vote. “We’re a little disappointed it didn’t pass, but the fact we lost by that much has us feeling good, given Read More…

Lorain school levy averts takeover by the state for time being

LORAIN — History and the economy were working against it, but Issue 39, a 4.8-mill property tax levy for Lorain Schools, prevailed. Supporters credit Tuesday’s passage to high turnout for the presidential election, including more younger voters, the relatively small size of the levy and the recent hiring of Lorain native Tom Tucker as superintendent. Read More…

Lorain County Democrats’ partisan support helped lift Obama, incumbents

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Lorain County remained a Democratic bulwark during Tuesday’s election, strengthening President Barack Obama’s victory in the crucial swing state of Ohio, according to unofficial election returns. Obama beat out Republican challenger Mitt Romney by taking 50.2 percent of the vote statewide to carry Ohio’s 18 electoral votes. Romney won 48.2 percent of Read More…

‘A lot of work ahead’ for Elyria district

ELYRIA — Twenty-four hours didn’t lessen the sting of the blow Elyria Schools received Tuesday at the polls when voters rejected a plea for additional operating revenue. One day after losing a bid for a 10-year, 4.99-mill levy, Elyria school board members lamented the loss and what the future would hold for the district that, Read More…

Midview Schools placing levy on February ballot

EATON TWP. — The Midview school board voted Wednesday to put a 9.75-mill property tax levy before voters in a special election in February after voters defeated a combined earned income tax and property tax on Tuesday. The 9.75-mill property tax on the February ballot would raise $4.6 million a year for 10 years, said Read More…

With Ted Kalo victorious, rapport with his fellow Commissioner Tom Williams turns testy

ELYRIA — A day after winning a third four-year term, Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo, a Democrat, seemed to be gearing up for a battle with fellow Commissioner Tom Williams, a Republican. “I look forward to the next two years,” Kalo said during Wednesday’s commissioners’ meeting. “I guess I look forward to the next six Read More…

Approval of income tax hike a major victory for Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer

LORAIN — Mayor Chase Ritenauer, who turns 28 on Nov. 30, said Tuesday’s passage of Issue 13, a 0.5 percent income tax hike, was an early present. Ritenauer said Wednesday that the permanent increase, which will raise $5.3 million annually and cost a worker earning $50,000 yearly an additional $250, is “huge.” Rejection would’ve meant Read More…

Commissioner Ted Kalo defeats challenger Phil Van Treuren

LORAIN — Amherst City Councilman Phil Van Treuren argued throughout his campaign that he worked harder than anyone else who’s ever run for Lorain County commissioner, but in the end it wasn’t enough. Commissioner Ted Kalo, a Democrat, beat the Republican, Van Treuren, on Tuesday to win a third term. According to unofficial election returns, Read More…

Lori Kokoski easily holds on to commission seat

LORAIN — Lorain County Commissioner Lori Kokoski cruised to a third term Tuesday, handily defeating her Republican challenger, Columbia Township Trustee Mike Musto. According to unofficial election returns, Kokoski, a Democrat, received 71,573 votes, or 59 percent, compared with Musto’s 49,766 votes, or 41 percent. “I’m glad it’s finally over, and I plan on making Read More…

Elyria Schools levy defeated

ELYRIA — It was a subdued atmosphere at Elyria High School even before the first set of election results were posted online Tuesday evening. Superintendent Paul Rigda, usually the boisterous leader of the district, stayed mainly at his table, huddled with the district’s treasurer, human resource director and business services director. IPhones and smart phones Read More…