News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Meaden & Moore

Akron Children's Hospital

Lehmans


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


In contrast to a year ago, this election day is dominated by local
Hundreds of close-to-home candidates and issues set a whole different tone than the November 2012 election
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
This November election comes with none of the fanfare of last November's, but plenty of issues and candidates.
Courtesy of Theresa Thompson
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Northeast Ohio voters will decide on close to 600 issues on Tuesday, plus races for mayors, councils, township trustees, judgships and schools boards. But few of them are the kind of choices that drive voters to the polls. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has this overview on a really off-year election.

LISTEN: A quick glance at Tuesday's elections

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:14)


Cuyahoga County is a bit of an anomaly this election. It has a race for the highest office in its biggest city – Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is being challenged by businessman Ken Lanci. And – because of redistricting -- the city has a few feisty matchups for City Council wards, as well.

But in all other ways, voters will see ballots that mirror those in the other 20 counties of Northeast Ohio:  Hundreds of school, park, road, police and fire tax issues, city charter tweaks and dozens of issues allowing businesses to sell liquor.

Many counties have separate issues for shared goals. Cuyahoga and Summit each want voters to support parks and zoos, health and social services. Canton also has a parks levy on the ballot.

Then there are issues special to the circumstances. Youngstown voters will take another stab at limiting fracking. Akron wants to pass its steam generating plant over to Akron Children’s Hospital. And Cuyahoga County wants voters to support the Port Authority – responsible for putting together most of the major public construction project in downtown Cleveland.

Still, despite millions of dollars and hundreds of issues and candidates, elections officials throughout the region are expecting voter turnout be about 15 to 30 percent.

Last November’s presidential election turnout was 68 percent.



Here are some highlights from Northeast Ohio ballots in Tuesday's election

Cleveland mayoral race:


ISSUES OF INTEREST:

Cuyahoga County

  • Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services: five-year 3.9-mill (2.9 mill existing plus 1 mill) levy funds services including MetroHealth, foster care, and mental health programs, worth $106 million a year. 
  • Cleveland Metroparks: 10-year levy 2.7 mill (1.8-mill plus 0.9-mill) to fund parks including the Cleveland Zoo.
  • Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority: five-year 0.13-mill renewal levy to fund maritime cargo operations and economic development


Summit County

  • Summit County ADM Board: six-year, 2.95-mill renewal levy, worth about $33 million per year for drug, alcohol and mental health treatment. 
  • Metro Parks, Serving Summit County: a seven-year, 1.46-mill renewal levy, for operating and development costs of the district's parks and trails, worth $15.8 million per year.
  • Akron Zoo: a seven-year, .8-mill renewal levy for zoo's capital and operating expenses, worth $8 million a year.
  • Akron steam plant: City wants to turn the plant over to Akron Children's Hospital for 


Stark County

  • Canton parks levy: 4-mill, three-year new levy to raise $2.9 milliona year. Parks are now funded largely by the city's general fund, and city has pledge to hire more police offices with shifted money.
A sampling of school issues 
  • Canton Local School: 8-mill, 30-year bond issue to raise $36.6 million for construction and renovation 
  • Medina City Schools: 5.9-mill, five-year emergency levy 






Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio to appeal ruling keeping Akron's red light cameras in place
I don't understand what all the fuss is about. If you don't like tickets drive the speed limit and stop at red lights. It's really all up to you.

Who's on public assistance in Ohio?
legalize marijuana get over it,,, its here its been the main drug test scare of a lifetime. u got people that get drunk every night and work u got peoples on ...

Letters from a lost friend: A Beachwood survivor's Holocaust remembrance
What a great story -- and how important it was for both Marlene and her mother to tell it! Thank you.

Ohio lawmaker calls for an East Cleveland bailout
Instead of blaming Kasich and the Republicans for all of East Cleveland's fiscal woes, take a look at the facts. Some political entities in Ohio are too small ...

Legalized marijuana is a boon for a Cleveland-area grow light maker
Shouldn't he be in jail for paraphernalia? He knows he is selling for marijuana production.

Akron city council to vote on resolution for hiring ex-offenders
Great as a taxpayer I paid for the police to catch them, the free lawyer, the jail to house them , the food their kids eat the medical for them and all its goin...

5 of 8 rule headed for a vote
this is just another way for kasich to pass the buck and claim that it gives the local districts control. Few schools have enough money because of his cuts. T...

A passionate debate about parole in Ohio
I was heartened to hear that the legislators will consider ANY legislation to break the chains the parole board has put on these old law offenders who have serv...

Bill would allow Ohio religious leaders to refuse to do gay marriages
This is just a lot of political posturing. The free exercise clause of the 1st Amendment already protects clergy from being forced by civil authorities to perfo...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University