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Issue 3: Tri-C Levy among key Cuyahoga Co. Levy Ballot Issues

By La Prensa Staff

A levy to provide key funding for higher education options at Cuyahoga Community College is the main ballot issue facing Cuyahoga County voters on Election Day.

 

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 the college.

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 college’s budget.

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 years.

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.

Issue 6 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 website, https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us.

Polls will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 5, 2019.

La Prensa encourages its readers to vote affirmatively for Issues 3, 4, and 5.

 

 

 
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