by Ken Lahmers


Aurora -- Two money issues and a race for two local Board of Education seats are among items voters will decide at the Nov. 6 general election.

An issue which has been referred to by school district officials as "very important" is a 6-mill additional combined bond issue and operating levy.

If approved, the measure would be split, with 1.88 mills going for additional classrooms and school expansions at Miller, Harmon and the high school over a 28-year period and a continuing 4.12 mills going for operating expenses.

The bond issue portion of the issue would bring in $18.6 million over 28 years, while the operating portion would produce $2.47 million per year.

Treasurer Bill Volosin has said passage of the levy would cost the owner of a $200,000 home an additional $367 a year in real estate taxes.

Meanwhile, Aurora voters also will decide on a 0.4-mill renewal levy for the Portage County Health Department. It would run for the next five years.

The levy, which will be on the ballot countywide -- except for in Kent and Ravenna, which have their own health departments -- would continue to bring in $266,500 a year.

Homeowners in Aurora pay about $6.96 a year for the levy if they own a $200,000 property. The levy has been on the books since 1955.

FOUR RESIDENTS are running for two open seats on the Board of Education. They are incumbent Ann Morrison, newly appointed member John Sloe and Dr. Rick Nelson and Maureen McKenzie.

Two at-large City Council positions and three ward positions will appear on the ballot, but there is no competition for any of them.

Incumbent Robert Galaska Jr. and former Ward 3 Councilman John Kudley are running for the at-large seats, one of which is being vacated by longtime Councilman George Hettinger.

Incumbents Dennis Ko-vach (Ward 2), George Horvat (Ward 4) and Thomas Dreher (Ward 6) will retain their seats since they have no opposition.

In Reminderville, voters will see a 3-mill replacement levy on the Nov. 6 ballot for road repairs. The millage was first passed in 2003.

The levy brings in $129,000 annually, with the owner of a $200,000 home paying $160.14 per year.

If voters approve the levy, Village fiscal officer Linda Baker said the tax collection amount would be recalculated based on today's property values, thus bringing in about $214,000.

That would mean the owner of a $200,000 home would pay about $183.76 annually.

Also in Reminderville, Mayor Sam Alonso is running for re-election and will not face opposition. Council-at-large candidates Steve Milano and Edward J. Walter also are not opposed for two available seats.

Mayoral races are on the ballot in Aurora's neighboring cities of Streetsboro and Twinsburg.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


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