Maple Heights Candidate Forum

2013 General Election Levies and Issues: Maple Heights

Last Thursday, City Council President Jackie Albers hosted a Candidate and Issues Forum at the Maple Heights Library. Residents of Maple Heights had a chance to meet the City Council Candidates and hear from various representatives about the Issues on the November 5, 2013 general election. Please check out our candidate questionnaires if you are interested in learning more about the Maple Heights  Council President and Councilpersons and Board of Education Members.

The Issues are:

County of Cuyahoga | City of Maple Heights | Cleveland Metropolitan Park District | Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority

Charter Amendment Cuyahoga County 1 | Charter Amendment Cuyahoga County 2 |

Charter Amendment Cuyahoga County 3 | Charter Amendment Cuyahoga County 4 |

 Issue 1: Health and Human Services Replacement Levy

PROPOSED TAX LEVY (REPLACEMENT AND INCREASE)
COUNTY OF CUYAHOGA
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage
A replacement of 2.9 mills of an existing levy and an increase of 1 mill, to constitute a tax for the benefit of Cuyahoga County for the purpose of supplementing general fund appropriations for health and human or social services at a rate not exceeding 3.9 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 39 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

District 8 Cuyahoga County Councilman, Pernel  Jones, Jr. came to the Maple Heights Candidates and Issues Forum to talk about the Health and Human Services Replacement Levy. He, along with many of the other levy representatives, cited cuts in state and federal funding necessitating the levy increase. He cited 2-1-1 (a number you can call to be assisted in navigating the county’s many department’s) as well as our very own Maple Heights Food Pantry as services provided by levy funds.

Just how much will the increase cost you on your tax bill? If this levy passes a homeowner of a $50,000 home will see an increase of $17.50 per year on their tax bill.

Issue 43: Maple Heights Property Tax

PROPOSED TAX LEVY (ADDITIONAL)
CITY OF MAPLE HEIGHTS
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage
An additional tax for the benefit of the City of Maple Heights for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 6 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 60 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

The Maple Heights City Council has placed this 6 mill levy on the ballot to raise funds necessary for day to day operations of the City which has a budget deficit of half a million for 2013  as well as to repay the 1.5 million debt owed by the general fund.  The levy is needed to by the City of Maple Heights to cover $1.7 million lost when property values were assessed in 2012 to more accurately portray their true market value. An additional $.7 million was lost after reductions in state funding.

Maple Heights Councilwomen Toni Jones was at the Candidate and Issues forum on Thursday, October 3, 2013 to plead the case for this levy. She urged residents to vote for the levy so that services would not be cut more and pointed out that with the levy we would still be paying less taxes than we were in 2012.

Just how much will this levy cost you if it passes?

Market Value Additional Tax Per Year Additional Homestead Tax Per Year
 $   30,000  $          63.00  $          10.50
 $   35,000  $          73.50  $          21.00
 $   40,000  $          84.00  $          31.50
 $   45,000  $          94.50  $          42.00
 $   50,000  $        105.00  $          52.50
 $   55,000  $        115.50  $          63.00
 $   60,000  $        126.00  $          73.50
 $   65,000  $        136.50  $          84.00
 $   70,000  $        147.00  $          94.50
 $   75,000  $        157.50  $        105.00
 $   80,000  $        168.00  $        115.50
*for every $10,000 taxes will increase $21.10/year

 

Issue 80: Cleveland Metropark Levy

PROPOSED TAX LEVY (RENEWAL AND INCREASE)
CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN PARK DISTRICT
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage
A renewal of an existing levy of 1.8 mills and an increase of 0.9 mill to constitute a tax for the benefit of the
Cleveland Metropolitan Park District (known as Cleveland Metroparks including the Cleveland Metroparks
Zoo) for the purpose of conserving the natural resources and maintaining, repairing, improving, planning,
acquiring, developing, protecting and promoting the use of existing and future lands and facilities, and for any
other lawful purpose of the park district, at a rate not exceeding 2.7 mills for each one dollar of valuation,
which amounts to 27 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for ten years, commencing in 2013, first
due in calendar year 2014.

Eric Barnett was at the Maple Heights Candidate and Issue Forum last Thursday representing the Cleveland MetroParks. The Cleveland Metropolitan Park District Levy is a renewal of the 1.8 mill levy passed in 2004, with an increase of .9 mills to compensate for declining property values, reduced state funding and the additional responsibility of the Lake Front Parks. The funds raised by this Levy represent roughly 62% of the Cleveland Metroparks’ operating budget, and will be used to for operations and maintenance .

The Cleveland Metroparks covers 23,000 acres including 18 reservations and the Zoo. They offer numerous free activities, inexpensive nature programs and maintain trails, picnic areas and bathrooms. The Metroparks topped the Plain Dealers 2010 list of 100 Things that make Cleveland Great.

Just how much more will you be paying if this levy passes? Homeowners of a $50,000 property will see an increase of $15.75 per year on their tax bill.

Issue 82: Port Authority Renewal Levy

PROPOSED TAX LEVY (RENEWAL)
CLEVELAND-CUYAHOGA COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage
A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority for the purpose of
providing funds necessary for the Port Authority budget at a rate not exceeding 0.13 mill for each one dollar of
valuation, which amounts to 1.3 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five years, commencing in
2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

Marc Krantz, Chairman of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, came to the Maple Heights Candidates and Issues Forum. He started off by describing the job of the Port Authority: to increase economic activity. In addition to stimulating the economy, the port is also responsible for maintaining the Lakefront Nature Preserve and operating two barges that keep the lake and river free of natural debris and litter. The levy has remained at the same rate since its conception in 1968 and accounts for 35% of the Port Authority’s budget.

Just how much will this levy cost you if it passes? If this levy passes you will see no increase in your property tax bill. (Currently, this levy costs the owner of a $50,000 home, $2.27 per year.)

 Cuyahoga County Charter Amendments

Pernel Jones, Jr., also shared about the Charter Amendments, encouraging us to vote for them as they are minor “tweaks” to facilitate more effective and accountable government.

PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT
CUYAHOGA COUNTY
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage
Shall Article II, Section 2.03(2) Powers and Duties of the Charter of the County of Cuyahoga be amended to
extend the term during which Council may act on Executive appointments, and add an interim appointment
provision?

PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT
CUYAHOGA COUNTY
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage
Shall Article II, Section 2.03(12) Powers and Duties, and Article IX of the Charter of the County of Cuyahoga
be amended to rename the “Human Resource Commission” the “Personnel Review Commission,” to provide
that the County Council shall have the authority to appoint and remove members of the commission, to clarify
the commission’s administrative powers and duties, and to formally establish an office of the Director of
Human Resources?

PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT
CUYAHOGA COUNTY
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage
Shall Article III, Section 3.10(5) Organization, Rules and Procedures of the Charter of the County of Cuyahoga
be amended to specify actions of Council that do not require Executive approval to be binding?

PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT
CUYAHOGA COUNTY
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage
Shall Article VI, Section 6.02 Board of Revision of the Charter of the County of Cuyahoga be amended to
clarify the role of the Board of Revision?

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