The Tri-C board of trustees
voted over the summer to place a
1.9-mill renewal levy with a 0.4-mill increase on the Nov. 5
ballot. The ten-year levy would cost Cuyahoga County property
owners for an extra $1.17 per month on a $100,000 home.
The increase would raise an estimated $12 million per year for
Tri-C officials contend Issue 3 is necessary
to keep higher education affordable
and accessible for county residents at a time when jobs
increasingly demand a college degree or workforce credential.
The school currently offers the lowest tuition in Ohio, one of
the few community colleges backed by levy funding.
Tri-C receives money from two, ten-year levies. The one on the
Nov. 5 ballot currently costs
taxpayers $52.07 annually per $100,000 home valuation, raises
$52.8 million annually and represents about 25 percent of the
According to the school’s top brass, Tri-C awarded a record
19,500 workforce credentials in the 2018-19 school year, along
with 4,300 degrees and certificates. The extra levy funding
would continue the focus on workforce development by keeping
programs and technology up to date and scholarships available to
students. Nearly $12 million has been awarded the last five
There are other education funding issues on the ballot as well.
The Euclid City School District is seeking a new,
ten-year 8.7 mill emergency levy to keep the school system
financially afloat. Issue 4 is expected to generate $5.6
million per year. The owner of a $75,000 home would pay nearly
$228 annually. Voters defeated a levy renewal of the same amount
in 2018. District officials made significant cuts, including
dropping transportation back to state minimum standards for
first through eighth graders. Students only receive busing if
they live more than two miles from their school. The proposed
levy would restore bus transportation.
The Independence Local School District
is asking voters to approve a bond issue to construct,
furnish and equip a new PreK-8 school building, as well as
renovate other school district buildings and facilities.
Issue 5 would generate more than $32 million in funding, to
be repaid over a period of 35 years.
is a proposed county-wide charter amendment, which adds new
elements to the appointment and removal of a Cuyahoga County
sheriff. The County Executive currently appoints the sheriff,
but Issue 6 also would reconfirmation by the county council. The
removal process would now require at least eight affirmative
votes by the county council. County sheriff is an elected
position in the vast majority of Ohio’s other 87 counties.
Early voting is currently underway. In-person, absentee voting
is available at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections,
2925 Euclid Ave,
Cleveland, which is open daily through parts of
Monday, Nov. 4. Voting center hours can be found at the agency
Polls will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Nov.
La Prensa encourages its
readers to vote affirmatively for Issues 3, 4, and 5.