Macedonia asking for 5.07-mill levy renewal

KEN LAHMERS
Correspondent
Kent Weeklies

MACEDONIA – Residents of the city will see a 5.07-mill renewal tax levy on the Nov. 3 ballot after council voted to send the issue to the Summit County Board of Elections at a special meeting July 31.

Mayor Nick Molnar told council reps that the real estate tax has been on the books since the 1960s and is essential to fund city operations.

“We definitely need the funds to keep afloat,” he said, stressing that voter approval would not increase property taxes.

Councilman David Finley voted "no" on the resolution, while council members Jan Tulley, Jeff Garvas, Jessica Brandt and Vini Ventura favored it.

The Summit County auditor has determined the overall tax valuation in the city is $456.49 million and the amount of revenue that would be generated by the levy would be about $650,448 annually.

The levy is for a five-year period. The current levy was last renewed in 2015. If approved in November, first collection would occur in 2021. Finance Director John Veres explained the effective millage would be 2.3 because “as the city’s overall valuation goes up, the actual millage goes down.”

The next regular council meeting is slated for Aug. 13 with a work session at 7 p.m. and the public meeting at 7:30 p.m. The city continues to conduct meetings online and not in person at city hall.

Coronavirus update

Molnar recently reported that city hall continues to be closed to the public because of the coronavirus crisis. He said local residents should take the coronavirus seriously and strongly endorsed the wearing of masks in public to prevent the spread of the virus.

The mayor said enforcement of the state’s mask-wearing mandate lies in the hands of Summit County Public Health, and not with the local police department.

He said it is OK for businesses to ask patrons who refuse to wear a mask to leave, and if they don’t, the business can call local police for assistance. But he strongly urged businesses and residents not to call 911 with complaints about people not wearing masks.

He also advised residents not to get into any arguments with people who are not wearing masks.

“There are instances where people cannot wear masks for some legitimate reason, so don’t confront them,” he noted.

As for residents using the recreation center, Molnar said they must wear masks when entering and leaving the building and walking around inside, but do not have to wear them while working out on fitness machines and swimming in the pool.

Fitness machines have been relocated to promote social distancing, and fitness machine users are given sanitizers to wipe down the machines after using them.

“We are doing everything we can to keep the rec center atmosphere as safe as possible,” the mayor said.

Meanwhile, Molnar said registration is underway for fall sports such as soccer, flag football and baseball, and he added new recreation director Jason Chadock was to begin his duties Aug. 3.

The mayor explained that the community room at City Hall is not being rented out at least until the end of this year. However, the city continues to allow pavilion rentals at Longwood Park.

The Akron Zoo’s Community Days for the Nordonia Hills area will be Sept. 12-25, when residents can get free tickets for admission. Tickets will be available starting Aug. 29. Households are limited to four free tickets, and parking at the zoo costs $3.

Residents can get more information about Community Days at www.akronzoo.org/2020-visitor-guidelines or by calling 330-375-2550 ext. 7249.

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