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Strongsville likely to place tax renewal on May 7 ballot

January 21, 2019

Strongsville likely to place tax renewal on May 7 ballot

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- The city will likely ask voters on May 7 to renew a five-year, 1.5-mill property tax that helps pay for trash and snow removal and street repairs.

The ballot issue would not increase taxes. The existing tax costs the owner of a  home valued at $100,000 about $7.85 a year, according to city Finance Director Joe Dubovec.

Earlier this month, City Council unanimously approved the first of two resolutions necessary to place the tax renewal on the ballot.

Dubovec said the first resolution asks Cuyahoga County to certify the dollar amount the tax would generate, based on existing property values. The second resolution would place the renewal on the ballot.

According to Dubovec, voters first approved the 1.5-mill tax in the mid-1970s. Since then, it has been renewed eight times. It was last approved in May 2014.

The tax generated $509,071 in 2014, $518,754 in 2015, $516,818 in 2016, $489,942 in 2017 and $498,314 in 2018, Dubovec said.

In 2016, Strongsville voters rejected a tax increase that would have been dedicated toward improving roads. The new tax would have given the city about $1.4 million annually for road improvements over five years.

Elsewhere in Cuyahoga County, in November 2018, voters rejected proposed tax increases for the Brooklyn, Parma and Strongsville schools and for the cities of Euclid, Mayfield Heights and South Euclid. Tax increases were approved for the Beachwood and Warrensville Heights schools.

As for tax renewals, in November 2018 they were approved for the Fairview Park and North Royalton schools, and for the municipalities of Bratenahl, Brook Park, Gates Mills, Olmsted Township, Parma, Pepper Pike and Warrensville Heights. Voters rejected a tax renewal for Euclid schools.

Also in November, voters approved a bond issue for Warrensville Heights schools, but rejected a bond issue for the City of North Olmsted.

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