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Voters to Decide Tax Issues on Nov. 2


In Lucas County, voters are being asked to decide several property and sales tax issues for community institutions involving tourism and transportation. Voter turnout is expected to be quite low Nov. 2, 2021 in an off-year election that won’t involve state or national government offices.


• Issue One is a 0.7-mill property tax renewal to fund the operation of the Lucas County 911 and Public Safety Information System for a five-year period.


• Imagination Station is going the ballot a year early with a property tax replacement and increase to fund the operation and maintenance of the science center. The attraction’s board is replacing the existing 0.17-mill levy with Issue 2, a 0.1975-mill property tax issue. The five-year levy would not be collected, however, until 2023.


The Imagination Station levy would generate a projected $1.5 million per year, costing the owner of a $100,000 home $6.91 annually, up from the current cost of $5.21 annually. Public funding makes up nearly one-quarter of the science center’s annual budget. Levy proceeds would fund operations, renovations, new attractions, traveling exhibits and discounts for county residents.


• On the flip side, the Toledo Zoo is seeking a renewal and reduction in the amount of its current property tax levy with Issue 3. The renewal would drop the current 0.75-mill levy to 0.65 mills, meant to fund zoo maintenance and operation for the next five years. According to the zoo’s website, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay just under $18 per year, a savings of $3 annually with the 15 percent reduction in annual operating revenues, or about $720,000 each year. The levy represents 16 percent of the zoo’s annual operating budget.


• Issue 4 has not garnered much attention, but would move the traditional September non-partisan primary for Toledo city offices to May in odd-numbered years, placing it in line with nearby communities. If passed, the change would take effect with the 2023 election cycle, when district city council seats would be up for grabs. Voter turnout for this year’s primary was a paltry 7.8 percent, meaning just a few thousand people even bothered to cast a ballot.


• Perhaps the biggest change on the ballot belongs to Issue 12, which would make the funding stream completely different for the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA). The ballot issue would repeal the current property tax, replacing it with a 0.5% sales tax over a ten-year period. In order to change the funding mechanism, TARTA had to successfully convince its member communities to add Lucas County as a new member. Additionally, that makes the sales tax proposal countywide, instead of just appearing on the ballots of its member communities.


A handful of member communities had been reluctant to add Lucas County in past election cycles, forcing changes in leadership, structure, and bus service in order to win their support. TARTA is the only remaining transit system in the state still funded by a local property tax levy.


The TARTA campaign website touts the sales tax option as a savings for the typical Lucas County household. The current 2.5-mill operating levy costs the average homeowner nearly $166 annually. A sales tax, on the other hand, is project to cost that same family just over $134 per year. TARTA officials claim the difference is the sales tax also is paid by people outside Lucas County who shop at Toledo-area stores.


At this time, there appears to be no organized opposition to any of the tax levies on the Lucas County ballot. La Prensa urges its readers to vote “YES” with the aforementioned issues/levies.




In Lorain and Cuyahoga Counties, voters are being asked to decide several property and sales tax issues for community institutions such as schools and libraries. La Prensa urges its readers to vote “YES” with the aforementioned issues/levies.




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