Five renewal levies on March ballot


By Valerie Urbanik - vurbanik@civitasmedia.com



<p style="text-align: right;">Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune <p style="text-align: left;">Interim city manager Sal Talarico talks about the importance of passing the city’s two renewal levies on the March ballot.

Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Interim city manager Sal Talarico talks about the importance of passing the city’s two renewal levies on the March ballot.


The numbers are in: Interim Oberlin city manager Sal Talarico spoke Tuesday on how much two levies would generate if passed by voters this March.

City council is asking residents to approve a 1.2-mill general fund levy for operating expenses and a 3-mill refuse fund levy for garbage collection and recycling, which are both property tax levies.

The general fund issue is expected to generate $137,050 per year and cost $35 per year for every $100,000 of property you own.

The refuse levy would generate $342,625 annually and cost residents $87 per year for every $100,000 worth of property you own.

“All of our levies have passed from 1990 through the current,” said interim city manager Sal Talarico. “We deliver what we promise to the residents. All city councils that I have worked with are very prudent on how we spend the tax dollars and I think the residents recognize it and therefore we have been very successful in getting the levies approved.”

If successful, residents will maintain the state’s 12.5 percent rollbacks. Talarico said if Oberlin had sought replacement levies, residents would have lost the rollbacks.

Oberlin voters will get to decide on three other tax levies on the March ballot.

The Oberlin Public Library will also have a 3.25-mill renewal levy for current expenses. It generates roughly $604,928 per year.

The Oberlin Schools will ask for two renewals — a 5.05-mill emergency and a 2-mill permanent improvement levy. The emergency levy is expected to cost $175 per year for every $100,000 worth of property you own and will generate $940,000. The PI levy would generate $371,064 annually and cost $70 per year for every $100,000 of property you own.

All five levies will last five years.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Interim city manager Sal Talarico talks about the importance of passing the city’s two renewal levies on the March ballot.

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Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Interim city manager Sal Talarico talks about the importance of passing the city’s two renewal levies on the March ballot.

By Valerie Urbanik

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