know the facts as it relates to both Issues 18 and 19 on the Nov. 8 ballot. It is unfortunate that a member of city Council is disseminating misleading information to confuse the general public about the facts.
In 1980 when I was elected to Council, the city struggled to maintain roads and other operational needs.
Funds were limited and it was necessary to take on staggered road notes every two to three years. Residents were not asked to increase the real estate taxes or payroll taxes.
In 1987, when I was elected mayor, there was only $50,000 available in capital improvement dollars. I was faced with a real dilemma. We needed more policemen and police cars on the streets. We needed to move our fire department into a full-time operation with paramedics, equipment, etc.
My first approach was to build our tax base by bringing in more industrial and commercial development.
Our city immediately became a part of the Western Reserve Enterprise Zone where it allowed us the tools to attract new industrial businesses.
This hard work and time paid off with hundreds of millions of dollars in new businesses and created thousands of new jobs, which then in return increased the city's revenue through the payroll and profit tax.
Finance Director Rhonda Hall, who is a certified public accountant, analyzed the costs to maintain basic services to a typical residential home.
That cost is $2,991 per year to pave, snow plow, patrol and provide fire protection, etc.
A home valued at $189,000 pays an annual real estate tax of $3,635 and the city's portion of that is $291. Thus, the city gets very little of the real estate taxes.
I would urge residents to please support these issues. Thank you.