Although Tuesday’s Election Day ballot will not have high-profile presidential or congressional races, the issues and decisions facing voters at the polls are still vital to communities all across Northeast Ohio.
Here are some of the issues that azre on the ballot for today:
Cuyahoga County Issue 3
Issue 3 calls for a property tax renewal and increase to fund Cuyahoga Community College District.
The current property tax is 19 cents for every $100 of assessed property value. The proposed increase of 0.4 mill would raise the rate to 23 cents for every $100 of assessed property value. The tax increase would go into effect in 2020 and expire 10 years later.
Cleveland Issue 20
If you want to run for office in Cleveland, Issue 20 could change the game. Currently, there’s no residency or eligibility requirement to hold an elected office in the city.
A yes vote for Issue 20 would be for establishing that in order to run for city office, a candidate must have been an elector in Cleveland for a minimum of 12 months, must file nominating petitions at least 90 days before the primary election and must use standard forms of the Secretary of State.
In Akron, Dan Horrigan is running for re-election as he squares off against challenger Josh Sines.
Horrigan, Akron’s first full-time mayor since Don Plusquellic’s abrupt retirement in 2015, is seeking a second term. The 56-year-old is considered the favorite in the heavily Democratic city, and is touting (in his words) an increase in jobs, a decrease in crime, and better transparency over the last four years.
Sines, manager of a pub on West Hill, says he doesn’t want to be “fine with mediocrity” and that Akron “needs an infusion of bright, young minds that will fight for the citizens.” He says his campaign will focus on still-relatively high crime rates, economic growth, social inclusion, and drugs and addictio
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