The Breakdown: Local Ballot Issues for the City of Barberton
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To kick off the first podcast, I wanted to initially talk about everything but soon realized there was more important info that needed to take precedence over everything else. The BALLOT! In the first episode I go over the local issues that will be on all Barberton residents’ ballots.
The issue listed below are word for word how the issues are written on all ballots. The info was taken from my personal sample ballot found though the Summit County Board of Elections website. You can view your sample ballot by visiting https://lookup.boe.ohio.gov/vtrapp/summit/vtrlookup.aspx.
You will see that I am neither endorsing nor opposing issues that are tax levies. This is because we are all hurting and I do not feel it is right to try to pursue any person with my opinions. The entities that are requesting tax levies will need to publish their own reasons why they are requesting a levy. I encourage each resident to learn about each tax levy and ask questions.
Shall Section 7.02 of the Charter of the City of Barberton be amended to: move the primary election date for municipal elections to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May to be consistent with the primary election date established by state law and reduce the cost of the primary election?
Personal Note: I support Issue 8. Currently, the taxpayers of the City of Barberton pay the full amount to host a primary election. This is because the cost of a primary is split between all cities involved. With only Barberton doing a primary, we pay the full amount. Issue 8 will move the primary to align with all the other municipalities in Summit County, drastically reducing the cost on the taxpayers.
An additional tax for the benefit of the City of Barberton for the purpose of current operating expenses at a rate not exceeding 3 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 30 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 3 years, commencing in 2020, first due in calendar year 2021.
Shall Section 4.02 of the Charter be amended to eliminate the Division of Engineering?
This would remove the requirement for the City of Barberton to have the position of City Engineer.
Personal Note: I do not support Issue 10. I do not believe that removing the requirement for a City Engineer is the best thing for the City of Barberton. We may not have had a City Engineer for some time but that is not a valid reason to change the rules in this case. A City Engineer is protection and oversight for all infrastructure projects. An engineer is our insurance that projects being planned and completed have the best interests of the City in mind. To continue to be complacent in the lack of oversight is dangerous when funding is sparse. I believe we should double down on protecting the residents of Barberton to ensure quality of services are long term reliability of projects.
Shall Section 6.04 of the Charter be amended to eliminate the Board of Health?
This would remove the requirement for the City of Barberton to have a health department and board.
Personal Note: I support Issue 11. The Health Department that was once located in the City of Barberton was dismantled and merged into Summit County. Oversight at a county level makes more sense when it comes to available resources and their ability to provide services and or enforce regulations. City Council still has the Health and Welfare committee which acts as a liaison however this amendment is a charter cleanup item for things that are not used anymore.
Shall Section 12.02 of the Charter be amended to require the Mayor to appoint the Charter Review Commission by March 1 and have recommendations to Council for timely consideration?
Personal Note: I support Issue 12. Currently, the charter review commission does not have to be appointed in a timely manner nor do they have to report recommendations to City Council in a reasonable time. Issue 12 will require the position of Mayor to appoint the commission earlier and require the recommendations of charter amendments be put forth to the people with adequate time before going to the ballot. Currently, the process of reviewing the City Charter is done so hastily which ultimately is doing a disservice to the City Council and the residents of the City of Barberton.
A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Barberton Public Library for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 1.95 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 19.5 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2020, first due in calendar year 2021.
A renewal of 0.8 mill and an increase of 0.4 mill to constitute a tax for the benefit of Summit County for the purpose of providing sufficient funds to the Akron Zoo to maintain and operate existing facilities and to expand educational programs and physical facilities in order to continue to provide zoological park services and facilities at the Akron Zoo at a rate not exceeding 1.2 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 12 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 10 years, commencing in 2021, first due in calendar year 2022.