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WANTED: Residents’ Opinions Regarding November Ballot Issues

Want to make your opinion heard? Do you know what Maple Heights needs? Here is your chance to let everyone know.

We are looking for opinion pieces written by residents (or business owners) of Maple Heights. We invite you to share you opinion “For” or “Against” the issues that will appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot. Make your voice heard!

Below are the issues that will be decided in November. Select one issue and let us know what you think about it. More instructions at the end of the article.

Issue 56

1.3 mill levy for Senior Center current expenses and operations

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 and general operations of the Maple Heights Senior Center at a rate not exceeding 1.3 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 13 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2015, first due in calendar year 2016.

Issue 57

4.7 mill levy for current expenses for the City of Maple Heights

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 4.7 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 47 cents for each one hundred dollars
of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2015, first due in calendar year 2016.

Issue 58

Charter Amendment to eliminate the elected position of Council President.

PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT
CITY OF MAPLE HEIGHTS
A majority affirmative vote is required for passage.
Shall Article III, Section 1, and Article VII, Section 5 of the Charter of the City of Maple Heights be amended to
eliminate the publically elected position of President of Council and vest authority to the Members of Council
to elect their own President of Council, having the same duties and privileges as a Member of Council, from
within their own membership, effective for the council term commencing on the first of January in the year
2016?

Issue 99

Charter Amendment to eliminate traffic cameras unless an Officer is present to issue the ticket.

PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT
(By Petition)
CITY OF MAPLE HEIGHTS
A majority affirmative vote is required for passage.
Shall the Charter of the City of Maple Heights be amended to add new Article XXII, which provides that the
City shall not use any traffic law photo-monitoring device for the enforcement of a qualified traffic law
violation, unless a law enforcement officer is present at the location of the device and personally issues the
ticket to the alleged violator at the time and location of the violation; and that the City shall not enter into, renew, amend, modify, or make any payment under a contract with a vendor for traffic law photo-monitoring devices or services if the contract involves payment to the vendor that is contingent upon the number of tickets issued or the amount of fines levied or; and that qualified traffic violations shall be tried only before ajudge in either municipal or common pleas court, and the accused will be afforded all rights then generally afforded to defendants in criminal cases under the constitutions and laws of the United States and the State of Ohio?

Criteria for opinion pieces about November 4, 2014 ballot issues:

  • Writer must be a resident of Maple Heights. Please provide your First and Last name and street address (only your first name will be published).
  • Completed pieces must be between 200-500 words.
  • No name-calling, profanity or excessive use of punctuation/capitalization; please be professional.

All submission must adhere to the above requirement to be considered for publication. The best pieces will be selected as our winners and will be published in their entirety. Happy writing!

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