Liberty voters reject road levy; Warren school issue OK’d

Staff report


Liberty voters have turned down a request for an additional 1.25-mill, five-year levy for paving and patching roads, 56 percent to 44 percent.

It would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $43.75 per year and generated $266,320 per year.

The money was intended to be used as the township’s required “match” in order to receive state grants. Cuts in the township’s share of state motor vehicle license fees, gasoline taxes, inheritance taxes and other taxes have hurt the township’s ability to pave roads, said Trustee Jodi Stoyak.

Trustee Jason Rubin said trustees get a lot of phone calls about the poor condition of the township roads, adding: “We’ll have to find another way to fix roads.”

He added, “We’ll save money and try to pave roads one at a time. That’s all we can do.”

Warren voters approved a 10-mill, 10-year school levy renewal 66 percent to 34 percent. First approved in 1994, it was renewed three times for five years each before Tuesday.

Superintendent Michael Notar said the district realigned its administration before the start of this school year, saving $2.5 million.

“It’s a positive sign that the community understands we have a good administrative team to lead academically, and we’re respectful of the dollars,” he said.

Voters in Howland rejected a 3.9-mill additional levy, 55 percent to 45 percent.

Ten Trumbull County school boards asked voters for renewal or additional levies Tuesday. Six were approved, including all six renewals and no additional levies.

In Hubbard Township, voters have said yes to a 1.75-mill, three-year renewal levy for police protection 76 percent to 24 percent. It will cost the owner of a $100,000 house $54 a year and generate $160,000 annually.

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