July 25, 2014

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Districts with levies on Nov. ballot say Tuesday results a good sign

MEDINA — The superintendents of Cloverleaf and Medina schools say passage of the Buckeye district’s levy in Tuesday’s special election provides encouragement that their levies will win in November.

“I think a clear message was sent that education and protecting the quality of that is important,” Cloverleaf Superintendent Daryl Kubilus said. “That was important in Buckeye, and I would like to think that will also be important in Cloverleaf in November.

Daryl Kubilus

“I’m hoping that the philosophy of doing what’s best for the kids carries and continues over in Cloverleaf.”

Buckeye’s 7.9-mill levy passed easily, 3,224 votes to 1,908, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections.

Cloverleaf, which has been placed in fiscal emergency by the state, has a 6.9-mill, 10-year additional emergency operating levy for district residents to decide on Nov. 6.

If passed, the levy would bring in $3.3 million each year for 10 years.

Medina Schools also has an issue on the ballot — a 3.9-mill, 10-year additional operating levy.

Medina Superintendent Randy Stepp said he is “thrilled” for the Buckeye district and community for its victory at the polls Tuesday.

“We’ve been doing a lot of things to manage our school districts financially and made significant reductions in expenditures,” Stepp said. “We hope the voters will look at that and see we’re trying to do what we have to do in order to manage the budget the way that they expect it should be managed.”

If the Medina levy is passed, it is expected to bring in just less than $5 million each year for 10 years, Stepp said.

With the additional funding from the levy, the schools would bring back some reading and math specialists as well as some electives, he said.

“We’re trying to do some of those foundational things that are necessary for us to ensure our students are successful in the future,” Stepp said.

In addition to Cloverleaf and Medina, Black River Schools also will be on the November ballot. The district, which is mainly in Ashland County but includes Spencer Village and Spencer and Homer townships in Medina County, filed two issues: a 5.8-mill, emergency five-year additional levy for operations and a 1.8-mill, five-year additional levy for permanent improvements.

A total of 25 issues were filed before Wednesday’s deadline to get on the November ballot, according to the county Board of Elections.

The only countywide issue is the county Board of Developmental Disabilities’ request for a 1.9-mill, permanent replacement levy.

Brunswick is seeking to continue for four more years a 0.5-percent income tax earmarked for safety services.

Medina city voters will see a charter amendment to bar City Council from selling, leasing or trading city parkland using an emergency measure.

The city of Wadsworth wants to renew a 2.3-mill levy for emergency medical service.

Ten of the county’s 17 townships and two of the county’s six villages filed issues — largely five-year renewal levies for fire and police protection, emergency medical services, and road and bridge maintenance.

Two libraries — Wadsworth’s Ella M. Everhard Public Library and the Wayne County Library — also are seeking levies.

Contact Michelle Sprehe at (330) 721-4048 or msprehe@medina-gazette.com.