Mogadore voters gave a thumbs-up Tuesday to a 0.25 percent increase in the village's income tax.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the Mogadore Police Department had argued for passage of the increase, saying funds raised would help maintain services at the police, fire and service departments.

In the posting, the department warned that if the levy didn't pass, residents would face “longer response times, as one officer will be responsible for fielding all calls, a longer booking process and transportation of prisoners to county jails."

Voters agreed the issue was needed, and it passed easily by a 2-to-1 margin.

Village officials did not return calls for comment.

Before the vote, Mayor Mike Rick had said the funds would help vital city operations.

Springfield Township

Springfield Township voters approved a 1.25-mill levy that will provide a financial boost to the city’s ailing police department.

Police Chief Dave Hoover said in the days up to the election that he’d be able to add to the force and purchase dependable vehicles. He said it will add about $344,000 to the township’s coffers.

Hudson

Hudson voters have weighed in on the proposed Downtown Phase II project and the scale tipped toward the word “No.”

Issue 11, which asked residents if they favored having the city continue with the proposed downtown project, was defeated by a tally of 2,554 to 2,378, according to unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections.

City officials and members of groups both opposed to and in favor of the issue were not immediately available for comment.

The current proposal calls for 138,000 square feet of office space, 73 to 75 town homes, 50 condominium flats above businesses and a 250- to 300-space parking structure. The project is being developed by Testa Companies, and is eyed for the area of Morse Road and Owen Brown Street.

This was an advisory election, which meant the outcome of the vote is non-binding. While most city council members had been optimistic the issue would pass, several noted that any decision moving forward if the ballot issue fails will come from them collectively.

Lakemore

Lakemore voters decided to let the village form an opt-out natural gas aggregation. With the passage, village officials say they will be able to negotiate savings for the village and its residents.

Village officials were unavailable for comment.

Income tax issues

Voters in Canal Fulton approved a 0.5 percent income tax increase for the Stark County city of 5,400 residents.

Although the tax rate rises to 2 percent, residents who work in high-tax cities like Akron (with a 2.5 percent rate) will now receive a 100 percent credit for the taxes paid outside Canal Fulton. The city currently gives a 50 percent credit. Revenues are projected to add from $100,000 to $300,000 a year to city coffers. The change takes place in January.

Navarre voters raised the village’s income tax rate 0.25 percent to 1.75 percent. The new funding will pay for reconstruction, resurfacing, and repair of streets, alleys, and curbs and gutters. The tax increase takes effect on July 1.

Brewster Village voters heartily approved an income tax rate increase from 1.5 percent to 2.0 percent. The additional funding will be used by the village of 2,100 residents for the fire department. It will take effect in January. At press time, the issue was leading on a 70-52 vote.

Hartville voters decided to increase the village’s income tax rate 0.5 percent to 2 percent. The increased revenue will be used for operations, capital improvements and expansion of municipal services.

Other issues

• Plain Township turned down a five year, 1.5-mill levy for parks and recreation.

• A 2-mill, 10-year levy for parks and recreation failed in Lake Township.

• Roads would get attention if a 5-mill, five-year levy is approved by Perry Township voters in the Stark County community. At press time, the issue was leading narrowly 1,371-1,281.

• In Medina County, Homer Township voters declined to renew a levy for roads and bridges and add 2 mills to the existing 2.5-mill levy. With 100 percent of the vote counted, the levy failed on a 79-37 vote.

 

Hudson Hub-Times reporter Phil Keren contributed to this report