June 30, 2016

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Brunswick road levy moves forward

BRUNSWICK — City Council took the first step Monday toward getting a 1.2-mill road improvement levy on the November ballot.

By a 6-1 vote, Council approved a “resolution of necessity” — to move the issue to the county auditor, who now has 10 days to figure out exactly what the tax would raise.

The resolution also set the duration of the levy at 10 years.

If approved, the owner of a $150,000 home would pay $56.70 more a year in property taxes.

Councilman Ron Falconi, at-large, was the lone no vote, arguing “the voters are not in favor of another tax increase.”

Falconi pointed out that voters rejected two earlier road levies. Council needed to pass the resolution to meet the Aug. 7 deadline for getting the issue on the Nov. 5 ballot.

In other action Monday, Council approved allocating $13,000 to bring in contractor Patch Management and its team of “Pothole Killer” trucks to fix about 1,000 potholes on city streets.

The repairs are expected to take a week to complete. City officials said they didn’t know when the work would begin.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.