Tallmadge -- Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast votes for their candidates of choice for various city and county races and determine which levies they'll support. On the ballot for the general election they'll find candidates for the Tallmadge Board of Education, City Council, Stow Municipal Court Judge, Clerk of Court and renewal levies for Tallmadge City School District, Metroparks Serving Summit County, Akron Zoo, and Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
Local races and issues
Three candidates are running unopposed for an equal number of open seats on the Board of Education.
The terms of Board President Rick Kellar and member Valorie Pruhliere expire Dec. 31, 2013, and Chris Tywon is seeking a seat for the first time.
Board members are elected to serve four-year terms. The terms for the open seats are from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2017.
The ballot for City Council is more crowded with five candidates competing for three at-large seats.
Democrats Robert Maguire and Kim Ray are running for re-election for their at-large posts, while Ward 3 Representative James Donovan, also a Democrat, has joined in the mix.
Incumbent John Rensel and newcomer James Nuznoff, both Republicans, are trying to secure seats as well.
If voters choose Donovan as one of the candidates, the Democratic Precinct Committee will select a replacement for his Ward 3 seat. That person would serve the remainder of his term, which expires Dec. 31, 2015.
Council members are elected to serve four-year terms, commencing Jan. 1, 2014.
School district renewal levy
Issue 43 is Tallmadge City Schools' proposed 10-year, 7.55-mill renewal levy for emergency operating expenses.
If voters pass the renewal levy, it would raise about $2.867 million each year for its duration, which would be used to pay for daily operational expenses of the school district, including salaries, utilities, repairs, supplies and equipment.
For every $100,000 of property valuation, homeowners would continue to pay approximately $232 per year.
Tax collection would begin Jan. 1, 2015.
County races and issues
Municipal Court Judge
Kim R. Hoover is running for re-election against challenger Kandi S. O'Connor in the race for judge of the Stow Municipal Court.
Hoover is the current judge of the court, while O'Connor is a magistrate for the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
Judges for the court serve six-year terms. The next term begins Jan. 1, 2014.
Clerk of Court
In the race for Clerk of the Stow Municipal Court, Diana Colavecchio is competing against Kevin Coughlin and Frank Larson.
Colavecchio hopes to keep her seat as the current clerk, while former State Rep. and State Sen. Coughlin and Munroe Falls Mayor Larson hope to earn enough votes to secure the office.
Issue 1 is a six-year, 2.95-mill renewal levy for the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.
If passed, the renewal levy would continue to raise an estimated $33 million to fund mental health and recovery programs for children, adults and families, and the acquisition, construction, renovation, financing, maintenance and operation of its facilities.
Homeowners would continue to pay about $90 per year for every $100,000 of home valuation.
If renewed, property owners would begin paying the taxes due for the renewal levy in 2015.
Issue 2 is a proposed seven-year, 1.46-mill renewal levy that would benefit Metro Parks, Serving Summit County.
The funds generated through the renewal levy would be used for the maintenance, operation, acquisition, development and improvement of the park systems' trails and properties, including the Bike & Hike Trail and Freedom Trail.
For every $100,000 of home valuation, owners would continue to pay $44.71 per year.
Issue 3 is a proposed seven-year, .8-mill renewal levy that would support the Akron Zoo.
The renewal levy would generate $8 million each year to pay for operating and capital expenses for the provision and maintenance of park services and facilities.
Taxes would continue to be about $23 per year for every $100,000 of home valuation.
Collection would begin in 2014.
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