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Strongsville Election Guide

Voters will decide national and state races this November, as well as a local bond issue for the schools

Looking ahead to the November election, Strongsville Patch is committed to bringing you all the information you'll need.

Some races and issues we'll be keeping tabs on:

President Obama: He's been here before, so who knows? He might stop by again. If so, we'll be there.

State Sen. Tom Patton: Republican Patton was unopposed in the 24th District primary, from former State Rep. Jennifer Brady.

State Rep. Mike Dovilla: Republican Dovilla was also unopposed in the primary, but , who Dovilla unseated in 2010, in the newly renamed 7th District (formerly the 18th District).

Bond Issue for Schools: The Strongsville to build a new middle school, make major renovations at and smaller repairs at the elementary schools.

Other Local Issues: A few smaller issues, like and a rezoning issue, will be on the ballot. 

 

 

 

Jean Williams June 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM
lyn you are correct for all we know they might tear our own house down and put the school there
Debbie Palmer June 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Lyn, the rezoning is for Kemper House, the Alzheimer's care facility on Prospect Road. They want to expand by taking over the property next door. Because the parcel is zoned residential, it has to go to voters.
Debbie Palmer June 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Lyn, you're stealing my thunder! We'll have a story this morning on the middle school issue. They will definitely have a site chosen by November, and probably much sooner.
Judy Jacobson October 03, 2012 at 03:15 PM
May I ask a question? I understand renewal levies, but if a replacement levy means replacing a current levy with a different levy, we should be told what the value changes will be. Do you have that information? Judy
Debbie Palmer October 03, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Judy, yes, absolutely. If you click the link to Issue 95, it's explained there, but here's a recap of the Strongsville issue: The 0.4-mill levy for sewers would replace an existing 0.5-mill issue. Although the millage is less, because a replacement is collected at the current property valuations, it would actually mean a small increase for homeowners -- about $6 a year per $100,000 in home valuation. The original half-mill levy was originally approved in 1976 and is now being collected at an effective rate of .0927 mills. Currently, it generates $165,000 a year and costs a homeowner $2.84 a year for every $100,000 of home valuation, but when it is collected as a replacement -- at the most recent property valuations -- it will cost a homeowner $9.41 a year per $100,000 and would generate $578,000 a year.
Kim L October 18, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Dear school board ....when you have a teachers contract in hand you can then expect your bond levy to pass (save it I already know they are not connected)
Faith October 22, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I would say YOU are the one who is not connected Kim. The money for the teachers salaries comes from a different place than the money that pays for buildings and operations.
lyn October 22, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Faith- Maybe you should reread Kim's comment. It was a very short comment and she said " I already know they are not connected". However, it would be better if the school board was providing the community with info about the contract as the last one expired June 30. There has been no news about negotiations, and why - over 3 months without a contract? Is this how they conduct business? We are wondering just what will be in the new contract and are they going to come to the community for a request to cover these costs? It is a valid point. If they want to cover $81mil in building costs now for Phase 1, and they ARE going to come back in a few years for another levy for the Phase 2 building costs, what will they, if any, be coming to us for covering in the teachers contract? Shouldn't we have a right to consider all these?
Faith November 02, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Lyn, Absolutely, you have the right. But....our school system is in such dire need for these renovations they can only approach one situation at a time. While it is true the teachers are working without a contract, no one realizes that the support staff has been enduring a pay freeze for years (and voluntarily I might add). As with the presidential election, we can only attempt to solve one problem at a time. If people are considering not voting for this levy for fear of future levies - they always have the right to vote against the future levies should such a situation occur. We are in the position of putting the proverbial cart before the horse. We are fighting improving our buildings in need but at the same time we are putting money into repairs that could be put to use elsewhere (such as updated technology or replacing some of the groups that have been cancelled. i.e. elementary student council, chinese or latin classes, field trips for elementary levels or middle school). I only hope that people will do their research on unbiased sites and make informed decisions instead of just believing everything they hear.
Faith November 02, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Do you even realize how foolish that statement sounds? It is like saying, 'When you have a budget on my gas bill I will pay my electric bill'

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