Portage County TEA Party makes election recommendations

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The Portage County TEA Party has announced its recommendations to voters for Tuesday's primary election.

"The officers of the PCTEA are making these recommendation for the May 7 primary instead of our executive director who could have a conflict of interest due to his having a family member that works for the Kent City Schools. These recommendations are being made pursuant to information that was collected from our members," said Amanda Suffecool, president of the organization. "We still cannot recommend a yes vote on the (Portage County) Health Department levy. This organization needs to be merged with the other health departments in the county and we really do not like the idea of increasing the testing of well water at public expense. We recommend a no vote on the Aurora Safety Forces levy as well, based on the recommendations of our members in Aurora, because it does not specify the addition of a new officer, so the money could be used for anything."

The group is taking a neutral position on the Kent school levy, according to Suffecool.

"First, we recognize that the Kent schools are one of the best run in the county and their teachers are not part of the OEA, which we like." Suffecool said. "Second, there is currently no money in the budget to adopt common core standards which is something we are fighting against here in Ohio. However, they still appear to be top heavy with administrators and that is a concern. Plus, many who rent in Kent think that they do not pay for this levy, but passage could cause rents to rise due to increased property taxes on landlords. The bottom line is that everyone in Kent needs to look hard at this levy and turn out in huge numbers to vote on Tuesday so that this decision to support your schools is made by the majority of voters not just a small percentage."

The only levy being recommended for passage by the group is the Paris Township additional levy.

"We support the Paris Township levy because the website explains exactly what the levy is for and we think it is a good use of tax dollars," Suffecool said. "We suggest tax payers look at the township website and hope that they will agree with our recommendation."

The group is not making recommendations for the council seats in Kent and Ravenna.

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