October 25, 2014

Medina
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Money approved by Brunswick voters for road repairs, improvements

After three failed attempts, a levy aimed at improving city roads passed on Tuesday night, winning 60 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections.

Ward 2 Councilman Vince Carl, who serves as the city’s vice mayor, said he was thankful the city will have a dedicated revenue source for street repairs.

“We appreciate the Brunswick residents supporting the community and passing a road levy,” he said.

Carl said roads have been in disrepair as the city worked to balance its budget. Without a levy, the city has had little revenue left to support the infrastructure projects.

“I think the residents believe us that we’re going to use the money only to fix roads,” Carl said.

The 1.2-mill road levy is expected to generate about $781,300 annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $42 per year.

The 10-year levy passed 3,307 votes (60.18 percent) to 2,188 (39.82 percent), according to unofficial results.

Council members said the money only will be used for neighborhood roadways, not state or county routes that run through Brunswick. Council members also promised voters they will spend about $190,000 annually in each of the city’s four wards to ensure the money gets distributed evenly throughout the city.

Tuesday’s levy differed from earlier levies in that the city promised to devote the funds to neighborhood streets. A similar 10-year levy of 1.2 mills that did not contain a promise to use the money on local streets failed in November by 189 votes.

In 2011, the city asked for a 2.7-mill permanent road levy, and in 2012, the city asked for the same amount but cut the term to 20 years.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.