April 17, 2014

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Voting starts for Cloverleaf levies

Absentee voting begins today for two Cloverleaf Schools levies on the Aug. 6 special election ballot:

• An 8.3-mill additional levy would bring in $3.7 million annually for 10 years and cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $248 a year.

• Renewal of a 6.3-mill, five-year levy would bring in $2.8 million a year.

If approved, there would be no additional cost to property owners.

The cash-strapped district has been in fiscal emergency since January 2012, and its finances are overseen by a five-member state commission.

The only other Medina County issue on the August ballot is in Litchfield Township, where voters will decide a 3.2-mill, five-year levy additional for fire protection and emergency medical and rescue service.

Special elections will be held in 23 of Ohio’s 88 counties. On the ballots will be 29 local issues, including 19 school issues and a handful of local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments.

County boards of election also will mail out absentee ballots beginning Wednesday to voters who have requested them. Voters have until noon Aug. 3 to request an absentee ballot by mail or by contacting their election boards.

An absentee ballot request form can be downloaded at www.MyOhioVote.com or obtained from the Medina Board of Elections, 4210 N. Jefferson St., Medina Township.

The deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 6 election is Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • lookingallaroundme

    This is a tough levy to vote for. On the one hand, the kids need the money for a good education, but on the other hand, the leadership of this district is inept at best. Cloverleaf has had no huge money scandal like Medina, but it has had a lot of little, idiotic spending events. I will name a few: n1. The board acts to stop paying new administrators total retirement costs, but still pays those costs for 16 or so remaining administrators. n2. About $100k was allocated for floor repair in the NEW elementary. Why? Because construction was hurried so the building was completed on time and sealant was never applied to the floors. In short, Kubilus wanted his resume to look good and figured he would be gone by now.n3. The hiring of unqualified people at higher than needed levels of compensation.( look at hires in the last two years and look at those employee’s previous experience.)n4. Maintenance supervisor expands his own department by convincing board that the purchase of a snow plow for $85 k will save money rather than contracting outside. ( Maybe this will save money over the next 40 years, but 85 K plows a lot of snow.)n5. Hiring multiple principals in same buildings rather than assistant principals.n6. Paying inflated retirement benefits to former superintendent and principals. One retired super was paid $346,000 in retirement benefits.