ELECTION 2014: Northern Ohio locales to decide on road levies

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Friday, October 03, 2014

Multiple locales in the Cleveland area will decide next month on ballot issues to benefit roads and bridges.

Four communities in Lake County will cast ballots on the issue. In the city of Kirtland, voters will decide whether to add a levy of 2 mills for five years to aid local projects.

The mill rate is the rate at which property taxes are determined. Every person who owns real estate is required to pay property taxes.

About seven miles north on state Route 615, voters in the city of Mentor-on-the-Lake will cast ballots on whether to add a 2-mill rate for five years. The tax money would benefit road construction and repairs in the area.

Nearby Willoughby Hills is another community to decide on street, road and bridge funding. The ballot question will ask voters whether to renew the 2.5-mill rate for five more years.

Voters in LeRoy Township will be asked whether to charge another 0.9 mills to benefit streets and roads.

Directly east in Ashtabula County, voters in four townships will choose whether to continue existing levies. They are:

  • Austinburg: whether to renew the 1-mill rate for five years for roads and bridges.
  • Denmark: whether to renew the 1.5-mill levy for five years for road and bridges.
  • Monroe: whether to renew the 2-mill rate for five years for roads and bridges.
  • Saybrook (unincorporated area): whether to authorize a 2.75-mill rate for five years for roads and bridges.


Across the county’s southern border in Trumbull County, ballots in two communities will include road funding questions. They are:

  • Kinsman Township: whether to renew the 2-mill rate for five years for road and bridge construction and repairs.
  • Vienna Township: whether to renew the 1-mill levy for five years for road and bridge construction and repairs.


In neighboring Geauga County, eight townships will decide on nine tax levies to benefit load road work. They are:

  • Auburn Township: whether to increase the tax rate by 2 mills for five years for streets, roads and bridges.
  • Bainbridge Township: whether to renew the 2-mill road levy for five years.
  • Burton Township: whether to increase the tax rate by 1.75 mills for five years for streets, roads and bridges.
  • Chester Township: whether to renew the 1-mill rate and add an additional 2 mills for five years for road and bridge work.
  • Claridon Township: whether to increase the levy by 2 mills for five years for streets, roads and bridges.
  • Huntsburg Township: whether to renew the 1.5-mill rate for five years for roads and bridges.
  • Middlefield Township: whether to increase the 2.5-mill levy for five years for streets, roads and bridges.
  • Munson Township: whether to renew the 2.1-mill rate for five years for street, road and bridge work.


Further south in Portage County, voters in the village of Mantua will decide whether to increase the 3.85-mill rate for five years to pay for local road and bridge construction and repairs.

Four Erie County communities will decide on road levies. They are:

  • Sandusky: whether to increase levy on income by one-quarter percent to benefit projects that include street improvements and maintenance.
  • Berlin Township: whether to renew the 1-mill road levy for three years.
  • Perkins: whether to charge an additional 2.75-mill rate for five years for road and bridge work.
  • Milan: whether to renew 4-mill levy for five years for roads and bridges.


Across the county line in Huron County, voters in two locales will decide whether to renew road levies. They are:

  • Lyme Township: whether to renew the 1.4-mill rate for five years to aid road, street and bridge work.
  • Milan: whether to renew the 4-mill levy for five years to benefit roads, streets and bridges.


In Mahoning County, voters in Boardman Township will decide whether to renew a 0.3-mill rate for five years for street, road and bridge work.

Ballots in two locales in Lorain County will include questions about road taxes. They are:

  • North Ridgeville: whether to increase the road levy by 0.84 mills for 20 years to generate $8 million to widen portions of Center Ridge Road and Lear Nagle Road.
  • Carlisle Township: whether to increase the levy by 0.75 mills for four years to benefit roads and bridges.


To the southeast in Medina County, voters in four locations will decide whether to approve road funding questions. They are:

  • Chippewa Lake: whether to renew the 1.5-mill rate and increase it to 2 mills for five years to benefit street, road and bridge work.
  • Granger Township: whether to renew the 0.5-mill rate for five years for streets, roads and bridges.
  • Guilford Township: whether to renew the 1-mill rate for five years for streets, roads and bridges.
  • Harrisville Township: whether to renew the 1.5-mill rate and increase it to 2 mills for five years to pay for road, street and bridge work.


Across the county line in Ashland County, five locales will include road funding questions. They are:

  • Ashland: whether to impose a 0.25-percent municipal income tax for five years for street maintenance.
  • Clear Creek Township: whether to renew a 2-mill rate and add another 1 mill for five years for roads and bridges.
  • Green Township: whether to add 1.84 mills for five years for road and bridge work.
  • Hanover Township: whether to authorize the collection of 1.2 mills for five years for road and bridge projects.
  • Ruggles Township: whether to charge another 1.5 mills for five years for roads and bridges.


To the west in Richland County, voters in five communities will decide on road levies. They are:

  • Butler: whether to renew a 2-mill levy for five years for road work.
  • Mifflin Township: whether to authorize a 1.75-mill rate to pay for road work.
  • Monroe Township: whether to renew a 2-mill rate for five years for roads.
  • Perry Township: whether to renew a 1.8-mill levy for five years for road work.
  • Worthington Township: whether to renew a 2-mill rate for five years for roads.


Voters in Wayne County’s Salt Creek Township will decide on a road levy renewal. Specifically, the ballot question will ask whether to renew a 2.5-mill rate for five years to pay for road and bridge maintenance.

In neighboring Stark County, voters in 10 locales will decide on road funding. They are:

  • Brewster: whether to increase the income tax rate by 0.33 percent for purposes that include street maintenance and construction.
  • Louisville: whether to increase the road levy by 2 mills for five years.
  • North Canton: whether to renew a 1-mill rate for five years to pay for street work.
  • Waynesburg: whether to renew a 2-mill rate for five years for roads.
  • Canton Township: whether to increase a 3.3-mill rate for five years for roads.
  • Lake Township: whether to replace a 1.5-mill rate for five years for roads.
  • Nimishillen Township: whether to renew a 1-mill rate for five years for roads.
  • Paris Township: whether to renew a 2-mill rate for five years for roads.
  • Plain Township: whether to increase a 1.5-mill rate by five years for roads.
  • Tuscarawas Township: whether to renew a 1.5-mill rate for five years for roads.


The deadline to register to vote in Ohio is Monday, Oct. 6. Any registered voter interested in voting absentee by mail still has time to request a ballot and return it to the local county board of elections.

For more 2014 election coverage from Land Line, click here.

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