FINAL RESULTS: Kent Election Results May 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.

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For Against Issue 8: Kent City School District 8.9-mill new continuing levy 2,201 1,407


Kent City Council At-Large Seat 

Number of Votes 

(Top 3 advance to general election) 

Michael A. DeLeone 915 Melissa M. Long 740 Roger B. Sidoti 1,121 Robin G. Turner 698

*Results are according to unofficial numbers from the Portage County Board of Elections.

Carole Kane May 08, 2013 at 03:57 AM
Regardless of which council candidate you favored or your opinion on the school levy, it is a sad commentary that in a city the size of Kent only 3600 people exercised their right (duty) to vote on such important issues.
Carole Kane May 08, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Portage County Issue 1 Health Levy passed (3,523 for; 2,778 against) for the first time since 1955. Sadly the voter turnout for this important service was only 8.87%. Out of 102,190 registered voters, a mere 9,066 voters cast a ballot. Voting is a privilege. Why don't people exercise their right?
Hope Moskal May 08, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Well, I don't want to here anyone complain about the school levy passing and their taxes going up, especially if they didn't vote.
Sa;;y May 08, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Carole, I agree. Obviously people aren't concerned with such trivial matters of money. I hope the schools continue to exercise frugality over the next few years and don't see this money as a windfall to line the "administrators" pockets. Give the teachers their raises, make repairs and put the rest away for necessities.
Sue May 08, 2013 at 11:49 AM
I agree with you, Sa;;y, that the money should be used wisely. And I'm sure it will be.
Teresa K. May 08, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Sa;;y: to my understanding, this money was for the Children. I thought this money was to be given to the Children?
K. Walls May 08, 2013 at 07:39 PM
I have been a Kent resident and homeowner for 5 yrs. I feel sorry for all my retired neighbors on a fixed income. This school levy tax increase will be a burden on them. As I drive around Kent I see dilapidated homes and streets falling apart. How can the Kent school district jusify such a burden on its resident property owners? Now Kent wants $ to build a new police station? Please.....Maybe everyone's employer will give them a nice pay increase.....
Sue May 08, 2013 at 10:19 PM
I am a resident property owner, and the school levy will not impose a great burden on people. For someone who owns a house appraised at $100,000 the levy will a little over $20 a month. That's not much. If you can afford to own a house, you should be able to afford $20 a month for a strong and vibrant school system. Many houses in Kent are worth less than 100,000, and the owners of these homes will pay less. Taxes are the price we pay to have services like police, fire, etc. It would be far more costly for Kent residents to pay for private schools and to hire private police protection. If we want essential services, we need to pay for them. You say we can't afford them? We can't afford not to have them.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! May 08, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Congrats Kent City Schools. We are the only gem in the Portage County school district.
Andrew Polcyn May 08, 2013 at 11:59 PM
I'm registered, but I chose not to vote yesterday. The only thing on my ballot was the county levy for health. It passing doesn't mean much to me anyhow. Due to where I live, I couldn't vote against the Kent School levy, even if I wanted to.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! May 09, 2013 at 02:02 PM
It's about more than just you. That health levy is important to a whole lot of people. Don't forget to walk a mile in someone elses shoes once in a while.
Tom Simpson May 09, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Equally sad is the number of unopposed positions. Mayor Fiala is great, but no one else wants to be Mayor?
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! May 09, 2013 at 03:46 PM
What is the Mayor's actual role? With a city manager at the helm isn't the mayor just for show? If so, I could see it being a less than desirable position.
Tom Simpson May 09, 2013 at 04:31 PM
It is a seat on Council, the tie-breaker, spokesperson and Council hires the City Manager. OK, it is a shame that any council seat be uncontested.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! May 09, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Well, yes, I agree. At least he has some say.
Stressed May 13, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Hey! All that new business in Kent and we the property owners have to make up for all the over generous abatements that our politicians gave to those developers. What about increasing the state sales tax a small percentage and distributing those funds according to the number of pupils in each school district, that I think would be more fair and lessen the burden on property owners. Education is the responsibility of everyone. Stressed


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