Monday, April 22, 2013
The Twinsburg Board of Education voted Monday to put a 5-year renewal levy worth 4.9 mills on the ballot during the Aug. 6 special election
In a divided 3-2 vote, the Twinsburg Board of Education voted Monday to put a 4.9-mill renewal levy on the ballot during the Aug. 6 special election. School board members were united in their belief that the renewal levy is needed but had disagreements on the timing. Board President Kate Cain-Criswell and members Stephen Shebeck and Ron Stuver voted to hold the levy in August. Vice President Paul Crosby and Board Member David Andrews voted no because they believed the levy should be in November. The district administration supported putting the levy on the ballot in August. The 4.9-mill levy was last approved in 2007 and brings in about $4.4 million annually for the district. School officials say the district would have to make cuts and …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Twinsburg City Council recently gave final approval to a ballot measure that would ask the voters to decide whether to repeal a quarter-cent income tax.
Twinsburg City Council recently gave final approval to a ballot measure that asks city voters to decide in November whether to reduce the city income tax rate. If voters approve the measure Nov. 5, the city's income tax will fall to 2 percent from 2.25 percent. The move by city council keeps a promise that city officials made back in 2009 to repeal the income tax within 4 years, once the city weathered the "economic storm." City council members have said that putting the wheels in motion to repeal the extra tax is one of their priorities this year. The quarter-percent income tax brought in about $3 million extra in 2011, and about $3.2 million in 2012. The tax was initially approved to help bolster city revenues after the Chrysler plant …
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 …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Twinsburg Patch reviews the top stories of 2012.
Editor's Note: Twinsburg Patch is reviewing its top 5 stories of 2012. These stories are either some of the top read of the year or some of the biggest overall stories of the year. This story is reprinted from earlier in the year. It was a tight race, but Twinsburg voters made it clear: We support our schools. Issue 69, a 4.9 mill continuing expenses levy for the Twinsburg schools, was passed with 6,791 (54 percent) votes for and 5,806 (46 percent) against. "I'm very greatful to the residents," Superintendent Kathryn Powers said Tuesday night. "Their endorsement of the levy shows their commitment to our students." The new tax will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $150.06 annually, according to the district's data. The levy will create $3.…
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
One man's perspective after the election hoopla is over.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Take a look at a breakdown of votes for and against Issue 69 by precinct.
By now everyone's probably aware that the Twinsburg Schools levy was approved on Nov. 6. The 4.9 mill levy was was approved with 6,791 votes for (54 percent) and 5,806 against (46 percent). Issue 69 passed by less than 1,000 votes. It passed by the community as a whole and in almost all precincts. According to data from the Summit County Board of Elections, only three of 16 precincts voted against the levy: Twinsburg 1-A, Twinsburg Township A and Macedonia F. You can see a breakdown of each precinct in the chart below. Even though the levy failed in Twinsburg Township A, the widest margin of victory of any precinct came from Township B. The levy was approved by a 204 vote margin. The smallest margin of victory came from Reminderville B, …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
We delve into election results to see how Twinsburg residents voted on the presidential ballot.
Barack Obama won the national vote and he won in Ohio. He also won in Twinsburg, according to unofficial vote totals from the Summit County Board of Elections. Obama dominated the vote in the city and township collecting 6,455 votes to Romney's 4,957. Here's a breakdown of how each of the precincts went for president:
Twinsburg voters approved the 4.9 mill levy with 54 percent of the vote.
It was a tight race, but Twinsburg voters made it clear: We support our schools. Issue 69, a 4.9 mill continuing expenses levy for the Twinsburg schools, was passed with 6,791 (54 percent) votes for and 5,806 (46 percent) against. "I'm very greatful to the residents," Superintendent Kathryn Powers said Tuesday night. "Their endorsement of the levy shows their commitment to our students." The new tax will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $150.06 annually, according to the district's data. The levy will create $3.8 million each year for the district, in addition to the recent $3.2 million in cuts and changes. Combined they will fill the $7 million hole in district operating expenses. "This passage means we have the financial resources to …