Beacon Journal staff writer
Revere voters overwhelmingly approved the renewal of an emergency levy in the February special election on Tuesday the only issue on the Summit County ballot.
Of the 3,062 ballots cast, 2,289 voters were for the renewal and 772 were against it. There are 14,926 registered voters in the district.
''I am thrilled with the results, and we want to thank the community with the vote of confidence with the overwhelming passage of the renewal levy,'' said Revere Superintendent Randy Boroff.
The levy raises 14 percent of the district's annual operating budget and was needed simply to maintain current programs and staffing. The district didn't face organized opposition to the renewal like it did with two previous attempts to pass a new tax.
Bath Township businessman Larry Chlebina, who has led the opposition to new taxes, told the Beacon Journal that he supports passage of the renewal.
The levy also got a boost from Families and Community Together for Schools or FACTS, a new political-action committee formed in November to pass the renewal and a new money issue on the May primary ballot.
''The FACTS group has been very positive,'' Boroff said Tuesday afternoon. ''There are a lot of people informally that we've talked to who know that this has to be a yes vote.''
The election drew an appearance Tuesday from Secretary of State Jon Husted.
He visited the Summit County Board of Elections and the Richfield library as part of a three-county tour of Northeast Ohio to witness the voting process first-hand and meet with officials.
Husted's other stops were in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties.
Voters in the Revere district first approved the emergency levy at 6.1 mills in 2001 to collect about $4.6 million a year. The term ''emergency'' just means that the levy collects a set amount every year.
Renewals generally don't raise taxes. But in an emergency levy, millage adjusts up or down to ensure the same amount is collected each year. Those millage adjustments could affect an individual property owner's taxes.
The millage has adjusted down in Revere over the years.
As the property values have risen in the district and new families have moved in, the levy has needed fewer mills to collect the same amount.
So when voters renewed the levy in 2005, it only took 5.9 mills to raise the same $4.6 million because growth in the district helped spread the levy's cost out more.
Now it only takes 4.66 mills to raise the same amount.
The district now must turn its attention to passing a new operating levy in the May 3 primary.
That will be an emergency levy, too, set at 4.85 mills initially to raise about $4.7 million annually.