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Voters Pass School Levy, Deny Former Councilman Seat

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 DeLeone will move on to the Nov. 5 election along with newcomer Melissa Long. Long has run unsuccessfully for council in the past.

Former councilman Robin Turner, who resigned in November 2012, was denied a shot at a return to council by receiving the least votes of the four candidates Tuesday. Only the top three move on to the November ballot. 

don schnee May 08, 2013 at 07:39 PM
that's about a 15% increase in my book. contrary to the pro-levy group, this high tax rate will not improve property values. this will keep potential home owners away
Deacon Mike May 08, 2013 at 08:10 PM
30,000 residents and 3,608 voted....that is a sad narrative on the city of Kent.
Sarah Skibiski May 08, 2013 at 09:49 PM
I thought that number seemed really low as well. Then again when I went to vote I was the only person there besides the workers.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! May 08, 2013 at 10:49 PM
This is the way it goes, especially on the heels of the presidential election. Low turnout is most pronounced in off-year elections for state legislators and local officials as well as primaries. In many cities, for example, mayors of major cities often are elected with single-digit turnout ; for example, turnout was only 5 percent of registered voters in a recent Dallas mayoral election, 6 percent in Charlotte, and 7 percent in Austin. Congressional primaries have similarly low turnout; for example, turnout was only 7 percent in a recent Tennessee primary, and was only 3 percent for a U.S. Senate primary in Texas. A statewide gubernatorial election in Kentucky has a turnout of only 6 percent since Kentucky gubernatorial elections are held in the off-off-year between mid-term congressional election and presidential elections was scheduled at a time when there were no elections for federal office. North Carolina’s runoff elections have seen turnout as low as 3 percent in statewide elections.
Linda UmBayemake May 09, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Voter turn out was really low. Same as Mars i was the only person voting at 3:00 pm which is highly unusual. City Council would be more effective with diverse cultural representation. Now the council is one sided leaving a two major groups without a voice in city affairs. Next election we must be better prepared.

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