Support Children Services

I am a former employee and current community volunteer of Summit County Children Services. I have worked at all levels of the organization from frontline social worker to administrator, and I have an in-depth understanding of the operations and the need.

Issue 8, the tax levy supporting Summit County Children Services, is a critical issue on the ballot. Before I became a volunteer I did my homework. I learned that the agency helped nearly 10,000 children in crisis last year. That’s 1 in every 12 children in Summit County. Here’s the problem: All families go through difficult times, but the agency sees children and families in crisis and the need for agency services continues to increase.

Summit County Children Services is the only agency in our community to respond to child abuse and neglect. We all know there is an opiate epidemic, and that alone directly affects the health and safety of children. We also know there are many additional factors that stress families and put children at risk of harm.

The agency has operated without an increase for 30 years. Not a dime of funding went to the agency as property values increased in Summit County. That is fiscal responsibility. The current request for a renewal of 2.25 mills with a 1-mill increase is an additional $35 a year for a $100,000 house. This is a reasonable request considering the demonstrated fiscal responsibility of the agency and the documented increased service need.

In good conscience we can’t let this levy fail. Please join me in voting for Issue 8 on Nov. 6.

Robin Freedman, Copley

 

‘No’ to Issue 14

I have been a Green resident for 40 years. I have raised my family here and all my children attended Green schools. I have always been proud of watching Green grow from a rural township into a thriving city (with the exception of the increased traffic). Green has been graced with intelligent nonpolitical administrators as leaders.

Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I generally believe, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” I have not ever observed any problems with having a mayor-appointed law director. As chief executive of the city, the mayor should have a team within the executive branch that will work with him and not create negative stumbling blocks.

Now, a very small group of politically motivated persons wants to make the law director position elected. Their aim appears to be trying to insert partisan politics into the city administration. Please vote “no” on Green Issue 14.

George Camilletti, Green

 

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