Macedonia voters will be the only Nordonia Hills residents going to the polls on May 2, as they will decide Issue 3, a 0.5 percent income tax for general improvements, capital improvements, maintenance, current operating expenses, road improvements, and the city parks and recreation center, according to the ballot language.
The measure would bring the city an estimated $2 million per year, according to city estimates, and would make up for a 20-year-old tax that is set to expire.
The city's tax rate is presently 2 percent, but a 0.25 percent income tax approved 20 years ago to pay for the recreation center and city operations is expiring in June.
Issue 3 would set the tax rate at 2.25 percent, but residents would be eligible for a refund, meaning they would continue to pay Macedonia 2 percent. Non-residents who work in the city would pay the full, 2.25 percent rate.
According to Macedonia Mayor Joe Migliorini, cuts in services will be necessary if the issue does not pass. Road maintenance and repair would have to be put off and some roads may even need to be closed for safety reasons. Other cuts could include free services for low-income seniors including garbage pick up, snow plowing, gutter cleaning and reduced lunch fees at the city's senior center. Winter snow plowing, and fall leaf pick up would be reduced and programs would be eliminated including the mulch and branch drop off, tool rental, community room rental and the 2018 Spirit of Macedonia Fun Fest.
Also, Migliorini said that without money to subsidize the operation of the Macedonia Family Recreation Center, the facility would be forced to close within 18 months when its fund runs dry.
The facility's operation had been subsidized each year with $350,000 to $400,000 from the expiring 0.25 percent income tax, which had also financed the building's construction.
Elsewhere in the area, several school districts have issues on the ballot, including Aurora City Schools, which is proposing a 5.9 mill continuing additional levy for current expenses, and Twinsburg City Schools, which is seeking approval of a 6.9 mill levy for current expenses. Hudson City Schools is looking for 1.5-mill levy renewal for real estate acquisition and other purposes and Cuyahoga Falls City Schools is asking for approval of a 4.75 levy renewal for current expenses.
Eric Marotta: 330-541-9433