BALLOT ISSUES

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Issue 1

Proposed Constitutional Amendment to extend the infrastructure bond program by authorizing the issuance of additional General Obligation Bonds to fund public infrastructure capital improvements.

(Proposed by Joint Resolution of the General Assembly)

To amend Section 2s of Article VIII Constitution of the State of Ohio

A YES vote means approval of the amendment.

A NO vote means disapproval of the amendment.

A majority YES vote is required for the amendment to be adopted.

If approved, the proposed amendment will take effect immediately after the election.

League Explanation of Issue 1: In 1987, 1995, and 2005 voters approved the issuance of bonds to fund state aid to local public-works projects. The approval in 2005 permitted the state to finance $1.35 billion of infrastructure capital improvements over a 10-year period. This constitutional amendment would permit the state to issue an additional $1.875 billion of general revenue bonds for the next 10-year period.

This amendment would: Assist in the financing of capital improvement projects of municipal corporations, counties, townships, or other governmental entities designated by law. The projects are limited to roads and bridges, waste water treatment systems, water supply systems, solid waste disposal facilities, and storm water and sanitary collection, storage, and treatment facilities, including real property, interests in real property, facilities, and equipment related or incidental to them.

Limit the bonding authority to no more than $175 million in each of the first five years and no more than $200 million in each of the next five years.

Proponents of the proposed amendment argue that:

1. This amendment would provide a much-needed influx of funding for the infrastructure needs of local governments, including repair of roads and bridges and waste and wastewater facilities.

2. After issuance of the proposal bonds, Ohio will still be well below the state's 5.0% constitutional debt limitation.

Opponents of the proposed amendment argue that:

1. In repaying the bonds, legislators lose flexibility in allocating funds for other state services that may be more urgent.

2. The amount proposed is insufficient to meet the current infrastructure needs.

Issue 2

Ravenna City School District

Additional Tax Levy

Amount: 4.9 mills additional tax levy that would generate approximately $1.5 million annually for a continuing period of time commencing in 2014.

Explanation: The school levy is a continuing, combination additional tax levy for general operating and on-going permanent improvements. $600,000 per year will be used for permanent improvements on existing buildings throughout the school district (except for the new high school which has its own separate, financially sound fund). $900,000 per year will be used for school safety, additional and upgraded technology and academic programming.

Issue 3

Aurora City School District Renewal Tax Levy

Amount: 1.5 mills renewal tax levy that would generate approximately $707,000 annually for five years commencing in 2014.

Explanation: Funds from this levy will be used for paying down the bonds used to construct Leighton Elementary School, repairs to district roofs, bus purchases, carpeting replacement at Craddock Elementary School, the repair of parking lots and roadways at all the facilities and other capital improvement projects that have a life exceeding 5 years.

Issue 4

Field Local School District Additional Tax Levy

Amount: 7.5 mills additional tax levy that would generate approximately $2.8 million annually for five years commencing in 2014.

Explanation: 6.5 mills of the total levy is designated for current expenses and 1 mill is designated for on-going permanent improvements. The 6.5 mills for operating will be used to restore services and programs that have been previously reduced. These would include art, music and physical education at the elementary level and restore bussing to previous limits.

The 1 mill permanent improvement money will be used to establish a source of money to maintain and repair facilities.

Issue 5

Mogadore Local School District Additional Tax Levy (Summit Co. overlap--Mogadore Village, Suffield Twp. A-2)

Amount: 5.9 mills additional tax levy that would generate approximately $496,000 annually for a continuing period of time.

Explanation: The passage of this levy will offset the $1.6 million the district is losing annually, due to the elimination of the tangible personal property tax.

Issue 6

Rootstown Local School District

Renewal Tax Levy

Amount: 2.5 mills renewal tax levy that would generate approximately $338,000 annually for five years commencing in 2014.

Explanation: The funds will be used to rehabilitate, equip, and furnish existing facilities, with a goal of advancing the district plans for improving technology and enhancing safety. This is NOT a new tax and provides no additional taxes.

Issue 7

Southeast Local School District

Renewal Tax Levy

Amount: 8.66 mills renewal tax levy that would generate approximately $1.9 million annually for four years commencing in 2014.

Explanation: Proceeds from this renewal levy will be used to upgrade, increase, replace technology equipment; purchase school busses; upgrade and enhance safety/security capabilities; purchase textbooks and instructional materials; other instructional expenses depending upon remaining dollars (if available). This is the only voted operating levy. It provides approximately 11% of the general fund budget.

Issue 8

West Branch Local School District--School District Income Tax (Mahoning Co. overlap--Deerfield B-2)

Amount: 0.75% income tax that will generate approximately $2 million annually for five years commencing in 2015.

Explanation: The money will be used to make up for a decline in revenue from the State of Ohio. The School Board has also earmarked $400,000 per year to be used for permanent improvements such as bus purchases, maintaining roofs and parking lots, and supplying technology for students.

Issue 9

Mantua-Shalersville Fire District

Renewal Tax Levy

Amount: 0.9 mill renewal tax levy that will generate approximately $161,000 annually for five years commencing in 2014.

Explanation: The money from this Capital Equipment renewal levy is the only source of income for EQUIPMENT. This levy allows the purchase of protective clothing for firefighters, medical equipment, rescue equipment and the purchase of firefighting and emergency medical vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks. This levy will not increase your taxes.

Issue 10

Portage Park District Additional Tax Levy

Amount: 0.5 mill additional tax levy that will generate approximately $1.6 million annually for ten years commencing in 2014.

Explanation: Funds will be used to operate, maintain, repair and provide security for parks and trails; conserve critical natural areas for water quality and wildlife habitat; open parklands already owned; provide recreation and nature education for all ages. It will cost a $100,000 homeowner $17.50 per year or $1.50 per month.

Issue 11

Aurora City Zoning Map Amendment

"Shall the proposed amendment to the City of Aurora Zoning Map amending the zoning of approximately 548 acres be revised from the current classification of R-2, R-4, R-5, C-1 and I-1 to the classification of Mixed-Use Development District containing a maximum residential density of 2 ½ units per acre as calculated for the entire Mixed-Use Development District, plus commercial development otherwise in compliance with the code, be adopted?"

Explanation: Issue 11 would rezone approximately 560 acres around Geauga Lake to a mixed-use district from the current industrial zoning. The mixed-use zoning would allow for flexible, creative and attractive development while maintaining Aurora's control of the development process. Aurora's mixed-use district would combine residential, commercial, business, cultural and entertainment uses.

Issue 12

Brimfield Township Renewal and Increase Tax Levy--Emergency Medical Services

Amount: 1.7 mills renewal and increase tax levy that would generate approximately $194,000 annually for five years commencing in 2014.

Explanation: The money will be used to support EMS services, the replacement and maintenance of ambulances, replacement of cardiac monitoring equipment and EMS equipment, supplies and paramedic training.

Issue 13

Nelson Township Referendum on

Township Zoning

On October 2, 2013, the Nelson Township Trustees adopted Resolution 118-2013 altering the definition of "family owned small business" and establishing guidelines for the operation of such businesses within the township.

Voters will be asked to vote "yes" or "no" on the question: Shall these zoning amendments as adopted by the Nelson Township Trustees be approved?

Issue 14

Paris Township Additional Tax Levy

Amount: 1 mill additional tax levy that would generate approximately $31,000 annually for five years commencing in 2014.

Explanation: The money would be used for current expenses.

Issue 15

Randolph Township Renewal and Increase Tax Levy--Emergency Medical Services

Amount: 2 mills renewal and increase tax levy that would generate approximately $205,000 annually for five years commencing in 2014.

Explanation: The revenue generated from the levy will allow the Randolph Fire Department EMS service to continue to provide excellent patient care. This levy will cover paid EMS staffing, training, supplies, and equipment. The station is staffed from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. to provide the timely service to the residents.

Issue 16

Ravenna Township Precinct D

Local Option Election

Placed on the ballot by Bargains and Treasurers LLC dba Convenient Marketplace. This local option for Convenient Marketplace, an establishment engaged in the business of groceries, Amish cheeses, meats and specialty foods located at 3011 State Route 59, Ravenna OH 44266, would permit the sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages on Sunday between the hours of ten a.m. and midnight.

Issue 17

Shalersville Township Precinct

Local Option Election

Placed on the ballot by Vivek 04 Inc. dba V Food and Beverage, an applicant for a C-2/D-6 liquor permit. This local option for V Food and Beverage, an establishment engaged in the business of food and beverage store located at 9045 SR 44, Shalersville OH 44266, would permit the sale of wine and mixed beverages.

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