April 19, 2014

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Election results: Brunswick road levy doesn’t speed toward win

Voters Tuesday rejected a 10-year, 1.2-mill Brunswick levy for roads on Tuesday, according to unofficial final results from the Medina County Board of Elections, but levies in other communities fared better.

The levy would have cost city homeowners about $42 per year for a $100,000 home. It would have raised a total of about $800,000. Councilman Vince Carl, 2nd Ward, said he was disappointed with the vote.

“I felt that it was paramount that the roads needed to be fixed,” Carl said. “I don’t know of any way we can proceed from here.

“I’m done putting road levies on the ballot. If people don’t want to fix the roads, I’m fine with that.”

Brunswick Hills

Voters overwhelmingly approved the renewal of a five-year, 4-mill fire levy in Brunswick Hills Township that will continue to cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $106 a year. It will bring in about $842,000 a year.

Township Trustee Michael Esber said he was pleased with voters’ support.

“We won 70 percent to 30 percent,” he said. “That’s quite nice.”

He said he thought voters approved the levy because they recognized the work the Fire Department does.

“When people call, these guys answer,” Esber said. “I think people are just really behind the Fire Department.”

The levy will be used to fund the building of a new fire station and provide 24-hour fire coverage.

Right now, the Fire Department is staffed 18 hours a day. At night, staff members are on call.

Trustees could have voted to put a replacement levy on the ballot instead, but that would have cost homeowners more money.

Homer Township

Unlike in Brunswick, Homer Township voters approved a five-year, 2.5-mill road levy that will raise about $174,500 per year and cost homeowners $87.50 annually per $100,000 valuation.

Township trustees asked for the levy because of reduced funding from the state.

Money would go to all roads in the township.

Trustees were unavailable for comment late Tuesday night.

York Township

Township voters turned down a five-year, 1.7-mill levy for roads.

The levy would have raised about $174,000 per year and cost homeowners about $60 per year per $100,000 of home valuation.

The levy would have helped combat damage left by the emerald ash borer, an invasive species of beetle native to Asia and Russia that’s been killing ash trees in Ohio since at least 2003.

The levy also would have gone toward repairing damaged roads, specifically on Haury and Speith roads, Water Street and Lampson Avenue.

Township trustees were unavailable for comment.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.