Metroparks Tax, East Cleveland Mayor’s Recall Among Local Issues Heading to November Vote – cleveland.com | Vette Leader

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Six tax increases will appear on ballots in Cuyahoga County in November, including a statewide tax for the Cleveland Metroparks District.

In East Cleveland, voters may be asked to decide whether to impeach the mayor.

In all, more than 60 issues will appear before voters in November, including proposals to amend municipal bylaws, motions to allow neighborhood liquor sales, questions about zoning changes and tax renewals.

One of these tax renewals is a statewide issue for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. The five-year 0.13 million tax would come into effect in 2024.

Voters also determine elections for the US Senate, Ohio governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer. All seats in the Ohio House of Representatives and half of the Ohio Senate are up for grabs. Five seats on the Ohio Board of Education are also on the ballot.

The general election is on November 8, the latest possible date for it to fall on the calendar.

In East Cleveland, Mayor Brandon King could become the second consecutive mayor to face recall. The Election Committee this week approved requests for a recall, allowing the issue to appear on the ballot.

King has until Thursday to decide whether to resign. If he doesn’t, the issue will go before voters on November 8th. Proponents of the issue have accused King of mismanagement and inappropriate spending, among other things.

King took office in 2016 after a recall election that ousted then-Mayor Gary Norton. Voters elected King to a full term the following year, re-electing him in 2021.

Here’s a look at other local issues at the November vote, including proposed tax increases:

Cleveland Metro Parks

What’s on the ballot? The park district is proposing a $2.7 million replacement tax. The tax would be levied for 10 years.

What would it cost? The tax would cost the owner of a $200,000 home a little less than $190 a year.

How would the money be spent? Cleveland Metroparks would use the money to conserve the natural resources in the park district and to maintain, repair, improve, and plan existing and new facilities. Voters approved a similar tax in 2013. Tax revenues do not escalate with property values, so the total millage collected is reduced each year to prevent the tax from increasing with inflation. Replacing the levy as proposed would reset the tax rate to current property values ​​and increase the total sum paid by taxpayers.

Bay Village City Schools

What’s on the ballot? The district proposes to increase taxes by 7.2 million. The tax would be levied permanently.

What would it cost? The tax would cost the owner of a $200,000 home just over $500 a year.

How would the money be spent? The tax would bring in an estimated $5.34 million annually for current expenses.

Schools of the city of North Olmsted

What’s on the ballot? The district is proposing to borrow up to $58 million through the sale of bonds for building improvements. Paying off the debt over 37 years would require the passage of a $2.8 million tax. Another 5 mills would be put into permanent operation.

What would it cost? The combined 7.8 mills would cost the owner of a $200,000 home almost $550 a year.

How would the money be spent? The district would use the 2.8 mills to defray the cost of replacing an elementary school as well as improvements to other buildings. In addition to the construction costs, building sites could be purchased, cleared, improved and equipped with the money. The money raised with the 5 mills would be used for running costs. Voters dismissed the same issue earlier this year.

Schools of the city of Parma

What’s on the ballot? The district is proposing to borrow up to $195.5 million through the sale of bonds for building improvements. Paying off the debt over 36 years would require the passage of a $3.95 million tax.

What would it cost? The tax would cost the owner of a $200,000 home just over $275 a year.

How would the money be spent? The district plans to use the money to fund the construction and furnishing of a new high school and the renovation, refurbishment, and outfitting of other school buildings and facilities.

Rocky River schools

What’s on the ballot? The district proposes a tax increase of 4.9 million. The tax would be levied permanently.

What would it cost? The tax would cost the owner of a $200,000 home just over $340 a year.

How would the money be spent? The county would use $4.65 million from the tax to meet ongoing expenses. The remaining 0.25 million would be used for permanent improvements. Voters rejected a similar issue in May 2021.

Village of Bratenahl

What’s on the ballot? The village is proposing to borrow up to $9.5 by selling bonds. Paying off the debt over 30 years would require the passage of a $4.7 million tax.

What would it cost? The tax would cost the owner of a $350,000 home just over $575 a year.

How would the money be spent? Bratenahl would use the money to pay for the construction of a new village house for the police services and village government. It would also cover the principal amount of an existing debt from the construction of the village service garage, salt storage shed and other related facilities.

Another callback choice

On September 13, voters in Bereas District 1 will decide whether Councilman Leon Dozier will be removed. Residents, out of frustration, collected signatures to put the issue on the ballot. In interviews with WOIO Channel 19, they said Dozier was unresponsive. They cited his opposition to using American Rescue Plan Act funds to address flooding problems in the community. Dozier said the endorsement would be a conflict of interest as his property would also benefit.

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