Black River Schools passed a proposed 1.4-mill permanent improvement levy Tuesday that school officials said would fund building maintenance, repairs and upgrades across the district.
According to unofficial election results from Ashland, Lorain and Medina counties, Issue 2 passed with 1,744 votes for and 1,672 votes against.
According to the district’s five-year capital improvement plan that was approved in September, funding from the levy would be used to complete repairs and renovations to both the education center and Black River High School.
Prospective projects outlined in the plan include security camera and fire alarm upgrades at the high school, with an estimated combined cost of $75,000.
Superintendent Chris Clark previously said heating and air conditioning issues at both district buildings are some of the biggest issues plaguing the district.
“The elementary heating system was designed in such a way that technology is no longer valid today,” Clark has said about the 20-year-old system.
With the levy’s passage, homeowners will pay $49 annually per every $100,000 in home valuation.
The permanent replacement levy is a replacement for an $8.4 million bond issue approved to build the Black River Education Center that is set to expire in 2019. The new levy will actually cost homeowners less as they are currently paying $50.50 a year per $100,000 in home valuation for the current bond issue.
Black River was not the only school district on the ballot Tuesday.
Voters also approved a renewal for Rittman Exempted Village School. This was in addition to several local liquor options and issues related to the Medina County Health Department, Brunswick Hills Fire Department and Gloria Glens Village.
Here is a breakdown of unofficial election results:
Rittman Exempted Village School
Issue 3, a 3.5-mill permanent improvement levy renewal, passed with 1,397 votes in favor of the issue and 678 votes against.
A precinct in Wayne County was included in the voting..
It will bring in $174,000 of revenue for Rittman’s school district. With the renewal, homeowners will pay $44.07 annually per $100,000 in home valuation. The funding will help maintain the bus fleet and keep the district up to date in terms of technology.
Medina County Health Department
A local levy to help fund the Medina County Health Department passed with 42,575 votes for to 30,216 votes against, or 58 percent to 42 percent.
Issue 4 is a renewal of a 0.27-mill, 10-year renewal levy that brings in $1.24 million a year and is needed for operational expenses.
The owner of a $100,000 home will pay $7.84 annually.
A proposal to add Gloria Glens Village to the Lafayette Township Fire District, with a 3.5 mill levy and a 2.5-mill levy that will be in effect through 2032 passed with 89 votes for and 49 votes against, or 64 percent to 36 percent.
Lafayette Township residents currently pay a continuous 3.5-mill levy for fire service at a cost of $122.50 per $100,000 of property valuation and a 2.5-mill, 15-year levy passed in November 2016 to fund a $4 million safety services building that costs homeowners $87.50 annually per $100,000 of property valuation.
Residents in Gloria Glens will assume the same taxing structure with the passage of this issue.
A 2-mill, five year renewal levy for road and bridge maintenance passed in Sharon Township with 1,966 votes for and 782 against, or 72 percent to 28 percent.
Brunswick Hills Township
A 5.2-mill, five year levy for fire and rescue protection passed with 2,617 votes for and 1,748 votes against, or 60 percent to 40 percent.
With Issue 7, the Fire Department asked voters for an increase to the current 4-mill fire levy that is already on the books. This updated levy with an additional 1.2-mills will last for five years and bring in $1.3 million annually.
According to Fire Chief Anthony Strazzo, the current 4-mill levy, which brings in about $934,000 annually, is used for expenses and day-to-day operations. Only a small portion is used for capital improvements.
The additional 1.2 mills will help fund capital improvements such as equipment and vehicles.
Restaurants and businesses in five Medina County communities went to voters with pitches to expand beer and alcohol sales to Sunday.
Only residents in the same precinct as the proposed permits voted on the respective issue. In Ohio, businesses, including restaurants and grocers, must obtain a separate permit to sell alcohol on Sundays.
A local option to allow the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages at the Draft House and Patio, 1149 Pearl Road, Brunswick, passed with 528 votes for and 231 votes against, or 70 percent to 30 percent.
A local option to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages at the Sleepy Hollow Market, 2173 Pearl Road, Brunswick Township passed with 477 people for and 124 votes against, or 80 percent to 20 percent.
A local option to allow the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages at Barley Jack’s restaurant, 5331 Center Road, Brunswick Hills Township passed with 651 votes for and 167 votes against, or 80 percent to 20 percent.
Also in Medina Township, a local liquor option to allow the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages at Tres Potrillos restaurant, 3571 Medina Road, passed with 759 votes for and 140 votes against, or 84 percent to 16 percent.
And voters in Montville Township approved a local option to allow the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages at the Aldi grocery store, 3444 Medina Road, with 489 votes for and 106 votes against, or 82 percent to 18 percent.