Thursday, May 16, 2013
Proposed 0.25 percent income tax increase would pay to build new police station, would expire in 2038
It's official. Kent voters will again cast ballots on a proposed 0.25 percent income tax increase that would pay to build a new Kent Police station. Kent City Council voted Wednesday to send the issue back to the ballot in what was council's final action on the issue. Now, one year after voters rejected the idea of a tax hike to build a new police department they will be asked the same question. In November 2012 voters rejected Issue 11, which would have raised Kent's income tax from 2 percent to 2.25 percent to pay to build an estimated $18.36 million police building in the Day Street block. Kent residents cast 4,240 votes for the tax increase and 5,163 against the tax. There are two differences in what voters rejected in November 2012 …
Monday, May 13, 2013
16.8 percent of eligible voters cast ballots on the operating levy
The majority of voters eligible to cast a vote on the Kent City Schools levy Tuesday stayed home. A total 3,608 votes were cast on Issue 8, according to final but unofficial results from the Portage County Board of Elections. The 8.9 mill school operating levy passed by a vote of 2,201 for the levy and 1,407 against it, according to the board of elections. Citywide, there are 17,223 registered voters in Kent. Add in the neighboring townships and villages, and 21,380 voters were eligible to cast a vote on the levy last week. Of the eligible voters, just 16.8 percent cast a vote on the levy. The votes cast in favor of the levy represent just 10 percent of the total voters eligible to vote on the issue. Countywide, Portage saw a voter turnout…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
All information is according to the Portage County Board of Elections. Results are final but unofficial.
Voters in Kent overwhelmingly approved a 8.9-mill continuing operating levy for the Kent City Schools Tuesday while denying a former councilman a return to Kent City Council. Voters approved Issue 8 by a vote of 2,201 for the levy to 1,407 against the levy, according to final but unofficial results from the Portage County Board of Elections. The victory came by an 800-vote margin. The levy will raise $4.25 million annually for the school district, according to school officials. The tax increase will cost the owner of a house valued at $100,000 about $272 per year. In the Democratic primary, a newcomer moves on to the general election in November for Kent City Council. Incumbent at-large councilmen Roger Sidoti, an appointee, and Michael …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Voters approve school levy by an 800-vote margin.
Voters in the Kent City Schools district on Tuesday approved a 8.9-mill new continuing levy. The continuing operating levy, called Issue 8 on the ballot, will raise $4.25 million annually for the school district and cost the owner of a house valued at $100,000 about $272 per year. Also, Kent voters who declare themselves Democrats chose three candidates to represent their party in the November general election for three council at-large seats: Michael A. DeLeone, Melissa M. Long and Roger B. Sidoti. Stay with Patch as we follow up on these stories post-election. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter too! 2013 ELECTION RESULTS Kent City Council At-Large Seat Number of Votes (Top 3 advance to general election) *Results are …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Blogger Christopher Clevenger reminds us about the May 7 primary and asks the city to get out and vote.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Superintendent says levy on Tuesday's ballot counters lack of state financial support
Friday, May 3, 2013
Income tax hike would only pay off debt to build new police station
City administrators and Kent City Council plan again to ask voters to approve a 0.25 percent income tax increase to pay for a new Kent Police station. Council voted in committee Wednesday to place the issue on the November ballot, but this time they included a sunset provision in the ballot language and eliminated the idea that any excess revenue would pay for streets and sidewalks repair — language that was included in the previous ballot issue. In November 2012 voters rejected Issue 11, which would have raised Kent's income tax from 2 percent to 2.25 percent to pay to build an estimated $18.36 million police building in the Day Street block. Kent residents cast 4,240 votes for the tax increase and 5,163 against the tax. Kent City Manager…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Kent City Schools superintendent Joseph Giancola talks about Issue 8, an 8.9-mill levy on the May 7 ballot
Editor's note: this editorial was submitted by Kent City Schools Superintendent Joseph Giancola. Patch does not endorse election candidates or ballot issues. To read more about Issue 8, the 8.9-mill school operating levy on the May 7 ballot, click on this link. -Editor Matt Fredmonsky State funding of Ohio Schools has been debated for decades. Our local board of education, the Ohio Legislature, and even the Ohio Supreme Court have engaged in heated discussions without 100 percent agreement. The beauty of our democratic freedoms is that we can debate and ultimately work together for the common good of future generations. Public education’s primary goal of nurturing the development of our children must not be lost in the debate about school…
Sunday, April 28, 2013
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Community creates Facebook page to promote Issue 8
Editor's note: The Kent League of Women Voters recently endorsed the upcoming Kent City Schools levy on the May special election ballot. Below you'll find a statement issued by the league regarding their endorsement. For more information on the levy, which will be Issue 8 on the ballot, visit the Kent Levy Facebook page, KentLevy.org and follow Kent Patch for election coverage. -The Editor The League of Women Voters of Kent is endorsing, Issue 8, the 8.9-mill additional levy for Kent City Schools, on the May 7 ballot. “The Kent League has completed an in-depth examination of the Kent City Schools’ need for additional money and the proposed uses of the money. Based on this review the League concluded that the levy is critical to …