Friday, March 15, 2013
Brecksville-Broadview Heights Superintendent Scot Prebles and Treasurer Richard Berdine are featured in the 5-minute video.
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights School Board of Education will place a 7.4-mill renewal levy on the May ballot. To educate the public on the tax, the district recently posted a 5-minute video to the district's website, explaining what the levy is and what it means to the community. In the video, which includes a brief question and answer format, Superintendent Scot Prebles leads a conversation with district treasurer, Richard Berdine. The replacement levy, they said, won't raise taxes and won't generate any additional money for the district. To watch the video, click here. Tell us, does the video help clear things up for you? What do you still want to know about the levy?
Friday, February 15, 2013
Former Lakewood mayor and potential candidate for Ohio governor, FitzGerald told a group of college students he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse Obama.
As Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald travels the state rallying support for his possible run for Ohio governor, he's been attracting the attention of the folks at Politifact Ohio. Recently, they checked out a claim published late last month by the Cincinnati Enquirer that FitzGerald, the former mayor of Lakewood, said he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse Barack Obama for president. Politifact Ohio called that claim mostly false. They weren't able to prove that he wasn't the first, but neither was FitzGerald. Does this mean anything to you in deciding whether you think FitzGerald has a shot at the governor's seat? Tell us what you think.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Pew Center ranks Ohio low on absentee and provisional ballot management.
A new national report by the PEW Charitable Trusts ranking state-by-state elections performance puts Ohio close to the bottom of the 50 states. The PEW Elections Performance Index measures the quality of election administrations by analyzing 17 indicators, ranging from voter turnout to number of rejected absentee ballots, from the 2008 and 2010 elections. Ohio ranked above only 11 other states in overall performance for those two election cycles, according to the report, which was released Feb. 5. Erik Heidemann, an assistant professor of political science at Kent State University, said he wasn't surprised to see Ohio rank so low on the PEW report. "We just have this political culture here in Ohio that politics is a marketplace and that …
Friday, February 1, 2013
The renewal wouldn’t raise taxes.
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education voted to put a 7.4-mill renewal levy on the ballot this May during its meeting on Monday. This was the final step for the board to put the renewal levy on the May 7 ballot, board President David Tryon said in an email. According to a press release from the district, the levy was first passed in 1988 and brings in about $4.8 million a year. Passage of the renewal would not raise taxes, but rather, keep taxes at their current level. This renewal levy is being placed on the ballot as a continuing levy. That means that if it is passed, taxpayers will continue to pay that millage in the future, but the levy would not be placed on the ballot again. Currently, this levy comes up for renewal …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The Cuyahoga County executive tells the Plain Dealer that Ted Strickland's decision to sit out 2014 would speed up his decision. Would you vote for him?
Ed FitzGerald, the current county executive and former Lakewood mayor, is eyeing a run for governor in 2014. According to the Plain Dealer, former governor Ted Strickland's decision to stay out of the race “accelerates” the need for FitzGerald's decision. It would appear as if FitzGerald is gearing up to challenge Gov. John Kasich. "I don't have a date set for making a final decision," he told the Plain Dealer. During the past year, FitzGerald has hosted a couple political fundraisers in the area and he’s made several appearances around the state. He hasn’t been exactly shy about his political interests. "I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to run," Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers recently told Lakewood Patch. It's been quite a journey …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The levy has been in place since 1988.
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education took the first step toward putting a renewal levy on the May ballot on Monday. According to a press release from the district, the board voted to approve the first of two required resolutions to put the levy on the May 7 ballot during its meeting on Monday. The 7.4-mill levy was first passed in 1988 and brings in about $4.8 million each year. Renewal levies do not raise taxes. In the current resolution, the levy would appear on the ballot as a continuing levy. That means that it would become permanent if passed by voters. Currently, the levy comes up for renewal every five years. District treasurer/chief financial officer Rick Berdine said the levy makes up about 11 percent of the …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Open Secrets published a list of recipients of National Rifle Association campaign contributions that also includes Steven LaTourette, John Boehner.
Ohio Republicans Josh Mandel and Jim Renacci accepted thousands in 2012 campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The NRA doled out more than $750,000 in campaign contributions in 2012, according to the Center, a research organization that tracks money in politics and how it affects elections and policies and shares the information on OpenSecrets.org. The center got its data from the Federal Election Commission. In the top five for 2012 were Ohio Treasurer Mandel, who accepted $9,450, and U.S. Rep. Renacci, who accepted $9,900, according to the report. Mandel made an unsuccessfu bid to challenge incumbent Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate this year. Fifteen Ohio lawmakers …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Cuyahoga County will recycle yard signs this week.
Looking for a place to drop those election signs you've collected this fall? The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is taking signs to recycle today through Nov. 16 at their Garfield Heights location. Drop off your plastic and cardboard signs with their metal stands between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 4750 East 131 St., Garfield Heights. For more information, visit www.cuyahogaswd.org or call (216) 443-3749.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Catch up on the news this week in Brecksville.
It’s definitely been a busy couple of weeks in Brecksville. Here’s a look at some of this week’s top stories:
Friday, November 9, 2012
The Port of Cleveland is assessing its options after Cuyahoga County rejected a $90 million tax levy.
Officials from the Port of Cleveland say they are assessing "the message from voters" after Cuyahoga County rejected a tax levy that would have helped improve the port's vital maritime infrastructure. County voters rejected the levy by a solid majority, with 285,301 voting against it, or about 57 percent, and 218,215 voting for it, or about 43 percent, according to unofficial results. In a letter by Port Chairman Robert Smith and CEO William Friedman, stressed the importance of the levy, which would have raised about $90 million over five years. Port officials say the projects associated with the levy money would have brought jobs and economic development to the region. "The levy proposal included capital investments critical for jobs in …