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Leetonia schools seek 4.16-mill levy renewal

LEETONIA — Leetonia school district residents will decide on the renewal of general operation levy Nov. 3.

The school board is asking residents to renew a 4.16-mill levy for five years. First approved in 1991, the levy generates approximately $350,500 annually.

The renewal of the levy will not increase taxes. It costs the owner of a $50,000 home $63.70 per year and the owner of a $100,000 $127.40 per year.

Superintendent Dennis Dunham said the levy, the only one for the district, is vital to the continuous operation of the district.

“The $350,000 is huge for a budget of our size,” he said.

The money helps pay costs for transportation, maintenance, facilities, personnel, materials, supplies, Dunham noted. All are critical needs that support students and staff, he said.

“No reduction in funds is key,” Dunham said, noting there is uncertainty in state funds and costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, much like every district.

Green Twp. fire levy

GREENFORD – Green Township residents will be asked to approve a new continuous fire levy for equipment on the November ballot.

Residents will be voting on a 1.5-mill continuous levy restricted to capital improvements. The levy will generate between $120,000 and $130,000 annually and can only be used for equipment with a life span of more than five years.

If approved, the levy would cost the owner of a $150,000 home $78.75 per year.

A review of capital replacement through 2045 presented by Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar over the summer shows the department is looking at just over $3.4 million including vehicles, equipment and turnout gear.

Fire Chief Todd Baird noted the levy will help replace two fire trucks are 25 years old as well as items such as turnout gear, tools, Jaws of Life and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). He said trucks are “very expensive” and increase by approximately 7 percent each year, meaning one of the two trucks originally purchased at $120,000 will cost around $300,000 to replace.

“Our existing levy is 20 years old,” Baird said. “That’s a very long time to go without new money.”

In addition to the increased cost of equipment replacement, Baird said the department lost approximately $11,000 in funds through annual events canceled due to the pandemic, including the fireman’s festival, stand by duties at the Canfield Fair and those of the Greenford Ruritans that would have been donated to the department. He said the department is also about $17,000 below budget in fees typically generated through emergency transports.

— Kevin Howell

Center fire, road renewals

LISBON — Center Township trustees are asking voters in the Nov. 3 election to renew an existing fire levy and existing road levy.

Both levies are for five years and were last renewed in 2015. The larger levy is the 1.5-mill road levy that generates $68,100 per year. The cost to the owner of a $100,000 homeowner is $28 a year in property taxes, and there would be no increase.

The only other township road levy is a 1-mill levy.

The 0.5-mill fire levy up for renewal generates $22,700 per year, which is used by the trustees to contract with Lisbon for fire protection. The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home $9.35 a year in taxes, and there would be no increase.

This is one of three township fire levies.

— Tom Giambroni

Elkrun road renewal

ELKTON — Elkrun Township trustees are asking voters in the Nov. 3 election to renew an existing road levy for another five years.

Last renewed in 2015, the 2-mill road levy currently generates $38,200 a year. The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home $20 a year in property taxes, and there would be no increase.

The township has one other road levy in the amount of 1.5-mills, which also runs for five years.

— Tom Giambroni

Hanover road renewal

HANOVERTON — In the Nov. 3 election, Hanover Township trustees are hoping that the voters will renew a 1-mill road levy.

Since the township isn’t asking for additional mills, residents can expect no tax increases from the previous five years. The levy generates $166,300 per year over five years, and the owner of a $100,000 home would owe $23.93 per year.

The tax would be effective in 2021 and last until 2025. For the owner of a $40,000 home, the levy would cost $9.57 per year.

— Tom Giambroni

Butler road renewal

BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Township residents are being asked to renew a road levy Nov. 3.

Residents will decide on the renewal of a 3.5-mill road levy for five years that generates approximately $230,700 annually. The funds generated by the levy are used for road improvements, road maintenance and road construction.

The levy renewal does not raise taxes. It costs the owner of $50,000 home $43.10 per year and the owner of a $100,000 home $86.19.

According to Trustee Chair Matt Hall, residents have always been supportive of the township’s road levies.

“They see the results through our road reclamation, chip and seal program, roadside mowing, snow and ice control, and other road maintenance and improvements,” he said.“The township board puts all monies generated (by the levy) directly back into our community to make it a better place to reside.”

— Kevin Howell

West road renewal

EAST ROCHESTER — West Township trustees are asking voters in the Nov. 3 election to renew a 1-mill road levy.

The levy runs for five years and was last renewed in 2015. The levy generates $79,800 a year and costs the owner of a $100,000 home $26 a year in property taxes. There would be no increase.

— Tom Giambroni

East Palestine liquor options

EAST PALESTINE – Voters in precinct 2A in East Palestine will decide whether to allow two businesses to have Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor on the Nov. 3 election.

The East Palestine Liquor Stop at 40 E. Taggart St. and East Palestine Marathon at 212 N. Market St. are the two businesses that hope they have the voters’ support on Nov. 3.

— Scott Lendak

Salem liquor options

SALEM — Two Salem restaurants are asking voters to approve Sunday sales of wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor on Nov. 3.

The Pidgeon Corporation LLC Quaker Steak & Lube will be located at 161 Penn Ave. when it opens and wants voters in Salem precinct 2-A to vote yes for Sunday sales. The new restaurant has been in the works for well over a year at the Timberlanes Complex.

Jalisco Mexican Restaurant, located at 2448 E. State St., wants voters in Salem precinct 3-C to vote yes for Sunday sales.

— Mary Ann Greier

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