April 20, 2014

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Sheffield Lake weighs trying special election for tax levy

Sheffield Lake firefighters stand outside a home after a fire on Oct. 23. The city's full-time Fire Department will be disbanded after voters rejected a levy. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

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…

Board of Elections certifies LCCC levy a winner

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Lorain County Community College’s levy victory expanded when provisional and some absentee ballots were counted, but not enough to push the results out of the range of an automatic recount. The Lorain County Board of Elections on Tuesday certified the results of the Nov. 5 election and those results show that 28,855 Read More…

Committee pushing to replace 90-year-old North Ridgeville middle school

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The committee charged with convincing voters that a new middle school is very much needed to replace the existing 90-year-old building is keeping busy with Election Day three weeks away. “We’re really trying to get people in the community, and not just parents, to see the building,” Marci Saxon, chairwoman of the Read More…

Columbia Schools outlines cuts if November levy fails

COLUMBIA — Community members with shell-shocked eyes and parents with weary faces listened with astonishment as Columbia Schools Superintendent Greg Bansek used blunt words to describe what would happen to the district if voters failed to pass the upcoming November levy. On the heels of a May failure and after four years of continuous cost Read More…

Avon Lake fire-EMS levy’s defeat confirmed

The results of the special election earlier this month that saw a 2-mill Avon Lake firefighter-paramedic levy defeated by a mere six votes have been upheld. The Lorain County Board of Elections certified the results of a recount of the issue Thursday. “The results were identical to those certified after the recount,” said Paul Adams, Read More…

Lorain Schools likely to face fiscal emergency even if levy passes

LORAIN — The school district is expected to become insolvent and declare fiscal emergency this spring, triggering a state financial takeover even if a levy passes in November. “I won’t have the cash to finish out the year,” School Treasurer Dale Weber said after Thursday’s Board of Education meeting where board members closed out the Read More…