June 28, 2016


Brunswick City Council to talk levy, labor

BRUNSWICK — City Council will consider a road levy for the November ballot and a resolution opposing “right-to-work” laws at tonight’s meeting.

Up for a first reading is legislation to place a 1.2-mill road levy on the ballot in November.

Council members have agreed to move forward with the levy, but haven’t yet decided how many years the tax will be collected.

Finance Director Todd Fischer said the levy would bring in about $836,828 a year. A homeowner of a home valued at $150,000 would pay an extra $56.70 per year.

The levy funds would only be used for road construction and repair. Council members are expected to determine the duration of the levy during a committee meeting before tonight’s meeting.

Up for a second reading tonight is legislation proposed by At-large Councilman Brian Ousley opposing what’s known as “right-to-work” laws and the “workplace freedom” amendment being circulated in petitions.

The workplace freedom amendment would make it illegal for workers to be required to join unions as a condition of employment and would ban the practice of taking union dues directly out of paychecks.

Ohio legislators in Columbus have considered passing similar laws, but scrapped their most recent effort.

Ousley said he expects the measure to come back and has pushed Council for approval.

“I’m bringing this forward even though the Senate downstate has tabled it, because I believe it’s going to come back,” said Ousley, a 26-year member of the laborers’ Local 310.

But Ousley’s legislation has caught the eye of the Brunswick-area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber board is reviewing Council’s proposed resolution and is considering commenting on it during the public response portion of tonight’s meeting.

Contact reporter Loren Genson (330) 721-4049 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.