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Vote By Mail Applications to Be Mailed This Week

Voters can apply for a ballot in June or July for the Aug. 2 election.

Vote by mail applications should be showing up in residents’ mailboxes near the end of the week, according to a press release from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

According to the release, applications for ballots for the Aug. 2 election would be mailed to voters after June 16. Actual ballots would begin being sent at the end of the month. 

The Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District has a on the Aug. 2 ballot. 

According to the release, interested voters can also find applications at a local library or by calling or visiting the Board of Elections. They can also visit the Board of Elections website to download an application. 

According to the Board of Elections website, applications for the Aug. 2 ballot may be requested through July 30, 2011, but the ballots need to be postmarked by Aug. 1 and received by the board by Aug. 12 in order to be counted. 

Editor’s note, added July 23, 2011: For more election news, check our . 

Eva O'Mara June 14, 2011 at 01:11 PM
Please, please, please understand how critical this RENEWAL levy is for our school district. Don't let someone else speak for you. Use your own voice and VOTE!!!
Corkster51 July 10, 2011 at 10:58 PM
I will definitely use my own voice and VOTE... against this tax increase that was voted down by the electorate as recently as May!! I have to think this is nothing but a sneaky effort to pass the (previously defeated) levy during the summer season when many people are on holiday. Shame!!! The school system needs to learn to live within its means, just like my family does. How much does it cost to keep bringing this up for a vote??
Kathy Morris Bakhshi July 11, 2011 at 12:49 PM
This levy is not a tax increase and it's not the levy that was voted down in May. http://brecksville.patch.com/articles/brecksville-broadview-heights-board-of-education-puts-renewal-levy-on-august-ballot-approves-staff-reductions
SJR July 12, 2011 at 01:02 AM
I'll be voting for the levy. People who want to gut our educational system need to turn their energies elsewhere - what's next, kicking Grandma out of the nursing home because she needs to "live within her means"?
GAllent July 12, 2011 at 11:37 PM
I am voting AGAINST the levy. The Board is trying to sneak this levy in on Aug 2nd. What they don't want you is that the levy is NOT 5 or 6 year, it's forever, NO end date! Just keep paying! Don't believe the bull about "for the kids". This levy is for the Administrators and Teachers salaries. Do you B-BH residents know how much the administration or teachers make? Would you be surprised to see principals making over $110,000? How about many teachers making over $90,000? Go to www.buckeyeinstitute.org and click on Education/Teachers Salary. Choose BBHSD and 2010. See for yourself. Look at the pay raises, year after year after year. The School Board has NO fiscal responsibility. VOTE NO!! It's about time for pay cuts to be taken.
GAllent July 12, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Eva O'Mara - No wonder why you want the levy passed! I found your name listed at www.buckeyeinstitute.org. Are you one of those $100,000+ principals?
Nick Sedivy July 31, 2011 at 04:09 PM
VOTE YES. There are no tax increases. When you are voting down a levy which impacts kids and teachers, it is about the kids and teachers. The “its about kids” isn’t bull it’s fact. This levy is for the students and always has been. Face the facts, you’re causing America to become a worse country because you don’t want to pay for a child to go to school. If the School Board has “no fiscal responsibility”, why not vote them out? They have been the ones making all the calls. When you vote down a levy you’re taking your anger out on the students who don’t call the shots. When you vote out a school board member you’re sending a clearer image of what you want to happen fiscally in this district. Levies don’t impact Board members. So go ahead fail the levy…again. Deprive my peers and me of an education; you’ve been doing it for 3 years so why stop now! You know if the District goes bankrupt and is taken over by the State you will have to pay the money you are avoiding. But here’s the catch, the State will charge you interest. This levy won’t. So if you think you can vote no on this levy and never have to deal with the problem you are dead wrong. Spending cuts don’t solve anything except the present day problems. Your decision is pay it now or pay MORE later. From the comment above it sounds like you want to pay MORE later. Also if anyone wants factual information by students visit: http://www.bbhsul.org/
Nick Sedivy July 31, 2011 at 04:10 PM
So go ahead fail the levy…again. Deprive my peers and me of an education; you’ve been doing it for 3 years so why stop now! You know if the District goes bankrupt and is taken over by the State you will have to pay the money you are avoiding. But here’s the catch, the State will charge you interest. This levy won’t. So if you think you can vote no on this levy and never have to deal with the problem you are dead wrong. Spending cuts don’t solve anything except the present day problems. Your decision is pay it now or pay MORE later. From the comment above it sounds like you want to pay MORE later. Also if anyone wants factual information by students visit: http://www.bbhsul.org/
Eva O'Mara July 31, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Yes, I am a principal in this district but no, I do not make the salary you are citing. Our salaries have been public information, always, so no need to hide behind that. I do have a vested interest in the levy passing. I, along with an incredibly talented staff and central office support, have been doing an outstanding job for all of our students. All we want is the opportunity and the honor to continue what we consider more than just a job but a " calling". We simply cannot do that without funding. To portray this renewal as yet another attempt to somehow dupe the electorate is tragic. You have already voted FOR this money once. Have we not come through and given you your money's worth?
Lila Tamulewicz August 01, 2011 at 01:32 AM
@ GAllent The Levy Committee apologizes if you believe putting a RENEWAL on in August is "sneaky." We sent out literature to all residents who have voted in the last few elections to notify them about the RENEWAL on the ballot in Aug, we did auto calls and had comments in the Brecksville Magazine and Broadview Journal. If you would like more notification of when a school levy on the ballot, give us your real name and address and it would be our pleasure to personally meet with you and give you FACTS. You can always go to www.supportBBH.org for more information. Do you also have a passion for yellow flyers?
Rachel Abbey McCafferty (Editor) August 01, 2011 at 07:12 PM
I'm always glad to see people sharing their views on Brecksville Patch, but I do want to remind users that our Terms of Service require you to use your real name. Here's a link: http://brecksville.patch.com/terms Thanks!
GAllent August 02, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Eva - I don't think an employee, especially a Principal of the district should be begging "please, please please" and telling the residents how critical the levy is. Shame on you! Lila - it is a sneaky levy - I haven't seen one sign. Can you or Eva explain this? It's NOT the same campaign as others.
Nick Sedivy August 02, 2011 at 03:28 AM
The levy is extremely critical. As a student I have personally been impacted by the forced educational cuts made after these repeated failures. Cut the teachers salaries you say, well voting down an existing levy is not going to do that. If you want change, you should write or talk to the Board. Not satisfied with the Board, vote them out. Maybe you should run yourself since you’re so interested. You know Dave Tryon changed his opinion about the levy after he became part of the Board. Also this is not a “sneaky levy”. It was decided back at the April 26th Board Meeting that the levy would be on the ballot in August. A three month notice isn’t exactly “sneaky”. There are signs up, too. There are two signs up in my neighborhood. One of them is mine and the other is a community member that is not a teacher.
Eva O'Mara August 02, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Noybegging, rather communicating the sense of urgency regarding passage of this renewal. Please do not misinterpret or misrepresent my comments if you are going to persist in taking a stand against an issue. There is no "shame" whatsoever in expressing my passion for the public education system or the education of ALL children.I, like you, have a voice and am free to express my opinions. I have no qualms about having a civil dialogue with someone who does not agree with my opinions.
GAllent August 02, 2011 at 12:52 PM
Nick - I am very impressed with how your articulate you response. Very good job! However, you don't have the experience to understand what was done in the past. It's okay, you understand down the road. Right now, you don't understand budgets, free spending vs. controlled spending. I have not seen the Board control spending. The BBHSD levies are "for the children". In the past, if a levy fails, the ONLY people getting the brunt of cost cuts are the "kids" and their "parents". Administrators and teachers keep getting their money and keep asking for more. You may think I am wrong here, but wasn't there a levy on the ballot in May? How about this November? Will it ever stop? The answer, NO, even with a 'permanent' levy. Two signs? Enough said! Where are the signs as in the past? No one seems to answer this one. Eva - give me your best shot. Eva - apology - to me, your "please, please, please" looked like begging.
Lila Tamulewicz August 02, 2011 at 03:19 PM
@Gallant - This is the last question I will answer from you until you agree to the terms of commenting on Patch. I believe the reason there are less signs posted for this campaign for 2 reasons. 1. There were less signs available to distribute as many of the signs from the previous elections were not returned or picked up. The reason being is that many were plucked from residential lawns at night. Now I call THAT is sneaky! I did check with both cities and the signs were not removed from anyone's lawn. 2. It's summer and a lot of people are checked out. I get that, however, the result could include less of an effort to campaign.

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