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May 7 primary election will be 3 levies

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Important dates for May 7 primary
  • 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday — voter registration/update deadline
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, to Friday, April 26 — in-office absentee voting hours
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, April 29, to Friday, May 3 — in-office absentee voting hours
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 4 — in-office absentee voting hours
  • 1-5 p.m., Sunday, May 5 — in-office absentee voting hours
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, May 6 — in-office absentee voting hours
  • 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7 — Election Day at the polls

On May 7, voters in Medina County will head to the polls, but this election will be lighter than others as just a few local levies will be on the ballot.

Most electors will have nothing to vote on.

According to the Medina County Board of Elections, just three issues are on the May ballot.

Homer Township has placed a tax levy renewal with a 2-mill increase that will last for five years. The renewal is 2.5 mills, bringing the levy’s total to 4.5 mills.

At 2.5 mills, the levy cost residents $87.50 per $100,000 in home valuation per year.

With the 2-mill increase, the cost to residents will increase to $157.50 per year, according to the Medina County Auditor’s Office.

With the increase, the levy will generate $131,000 annually for the township. The purpose of the levy is to provide funds for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges within the township.

Chatham Township will have a five-year levy renewal on the ballot for the purpose of providing as well as maintaining fire equipment and buildings. It will also cover firefighters’ salaries. The 2-mill levy will cost residents

$58 per $100,000 of home valuation per year and generate $109,200 a year for the township.

Brunswick Schools will also have a levy renewal on the May ballot.

Previously a five-year levy, the district is hoping to renew this for 10 years.

“The funds will be used for general operations,” district Treasurer Mark Pepera said Friday. “So it basically funds the general operations of the school district.”

The 1.9-mill levy costs residents $59.85 per every $100,000 in home valuation and brings in a total of $2,021,000 each year.

“I’d like to stress that this is not a new levy,” Pepera said. “We do currently use the money to support the general operations. … It’s resources that we do rely on each year.”

Canaan Township has a 1-mill levy renewal on the May ballot in Wayne County, and residents in one precinct in Westfield Township will be asked to vote on it. It will cost residents in that precinct $24.63 per year.

The Canaan Township levy will also be used for work needed on township roads. It will bring in $74,300 to the township and the renewal will be for five years.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.


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