by Phil Keren
Cuyahoga Falls -- The Cuyahoga Falls Levy Committee spent nearly $6,000 during the past two months at the conclusion of a campaign that resulted in the passage of a five-year, 4.75-mill levy for the Cuyahoga Falls City School District last month.
According to official results from the Summit County Board of Elections, 2,506 district residents voted for renewing the tax issue, while 2,198 cast ballots against the measure on May 8.
City Council President Pro-Tem Tim Gorbach (D-at-large) is the committee's treasurer.
The committee raised $1,953 from April 18 to June 8, according to the post-election campaign finance report that was filed with the board of elections June 14. Those reports were due to the board office June 15.
According to the report, the committee carried over $3,603.12 from the last report for a total of $6,056.12 in available funds. The committee spent $5,931.88 during the same period for an onhand balance of $124.24. The committee did not receive any in-kind contributions during the reporting period.
The largest contributor was the Cuyahoga Falls Schools Foundation, which gave $1,500 on May 22. The committee also received $100 each from: the Ohio Association of Public School Employees; James and Georgeann Pinter; and Roberta Greene.
The committee made multiple payments to Triad Communications totaling $4,923.88 for yard signs and newspaper advertising. The report also lists a $1,008 payment to Record Publishing Co. for advertising.
According to the report, the committee received a $500 loan from Gorbach on June 5. That money is listed as an outstanding loan owed by the committee.