May 4, 2016

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Avon Lake voters approve library levy

AVON LAKE — Voters approved a library levy renewal that represents a lion’s share of the Avon Lake Public Library’s operating budget. Issue 21, a 2.8-mill renewal levy, passed at the polls 6,195 to 2,174, or 74 percent for the levy and 26 percent against, according to unofficial results from the Lorain County Board of Read More…

Lorain library levy passes easily

LORAIN — Opponents of the Lorain Public Library levy were no match for supporters who pushed the levy to passage in Lorain on Tuesday. Issue 23 passed with 63 percent of the vote, or 6,337 votes, to 37 percent of the vote, or 3,792, according to unofficial results. “I’m extremely grateful and optimistic for the Read More…

Oberlin library levy passes

OBERLIN — Voters continued to show their support of the Oberlin Public Library by passing Issue 12. The 3.25-mill renewal levy passed 2,888 to 905, or 76 percent to 24 percent, according to unofficial results released by the Lorain County Board of Elections. The five-year renewal will raise about $592,624 a year to help pay Read More…

Vermilion schools to put tax renewal on March ballot

VERMILION — Voters in the Vermilion school district will decide the fate of a nearly 10-mill renewal at the polls in March. The 9.96-mill, five-year issue will appear on the March 15 primary ballot. It would generate about $4.25 million a year. The renewal is the result of a merger of two smaller operating levies Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools in black until at least 2019

SHEFFIELD — Last November, Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools faced a $2.5 million budget deficit after a levy request failed. Finances were ultimately turned around when voters approved in May a 6.53-mill levy that generates $1.9 million annually. District Treasurer Josh Hill said cost-saving measures are ongoing, and the five-year forecast now shows an even better outlook Read More…

Old Firelands school buildings falling apart

SOUTH AMHERST — Don’t judge a book by its cover or a school by its exterior. Firelands Superintendent Mike Von Gunten hopes voters take that attitude Tuesday when they vote on whether to approve Issue 22, a bond issue to build a new building for middle and high school students. Von Gunten said South Amherst Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools: Additional levy

Issue 15 What it is: a 6.53-mill levy Duration: 5 years How much would it raise: $1.985 million annually Purpose: operating expenses Cost to taxpayers: An additional $227.50 a year in taxes for the owner of a $100,000 home SHEFFIELD — Voters will be asked to support a levy that district officials say is essential if Sheffield-Sheffield Read More…

Carlisle Township: Roads additional

Issue 1 What it is: a 0.75-mill additional levy Duration: 4 years How much would it raise: $125,000 annually Purpose: funds for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges in Carlisle Township Cost to homeowner: The owner of a home valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $75 per year. CARLISLE TWP. Read More…

Firelands eyes new middle, high school

SOUTH AMHERST — A new middle and high school building may be in the works for Firelands Schools. It’s still in its early stages but the basic plan — to construct a new sixth- through 12th-grade building north of the existing high school — was presented at a Board of Education meeting Monday by representatives Read More…

Sheffield Lake weighs trying special election for tax levy

SHEFFIELD LAKE — A decision whether to hold a special election to try to pass a 0.5 percent income tax increase may come in January. Mayor Dennis Bring said after Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he wants to evaluate whether there is enough support for the levy to justify spending about $8,000 for a special Read More…