Voters on Election Day overwhelmingly passed the city of Grandview Heights’ 7.5-mill property tax replacement levy.
With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Nov. 6, unofficial results showed Issue 22 passing with 2,816 votes, or around 73 percent, while 1,034 votes, or around 27 percent, were cast against the measure.
The levy will provide about $410,000 annually in operating funds and $250,000 to be set aside for residential street improvements.
It will cost the owner of a home with an appraised value of $266,343 – the average appraised value in Grandview – about $611 in property taxes each year. That’s an increase of less than $22 per month.
The current property tax levy expires at the end of the year.
The overwhelming support Grandview residents gave the levy shows they understand and appreciate why the city had to go back to the ballot and proves they want to maintain the level of service the city provides them, Mayor Ray DeGraw said.
“That’s what draws people into our community,” he said.
“We had a lot of help in this election and it started with the community meetings we held earlier this year and the information we were able to give to people there,” DeGraw said.
The levy will allow the city to maintain its high-quality services and address infrastructure needs, he said.
“People understand and appreciate that we are a service organization,” DeGraw said. “We’re grateful for their support.”
DeGraw said he will bring City Council a proposed street-improvement plan before the end of the year.
Getting almost 75 percent of the vote for the levy shows that “you can’t look at Grandview the way you look at other communities,” council President Steve Reynolds said.
Other communities look with wonder that Grandview can pass its levies by such a wide margin, he said.
“I don’t want to take this as a personal referendum on the council and the administration,” Reynolds said, “but it is reassuring that our residents seem to have faith in the direction we are taking the city and the way we address the challenges that keep coming up, whether it be the loss of Big Bear, the recession or the reduction in state funding.”
“I think people see that Grandview is a special place and they want to keep it that way,” he said.
Reynolds said “tons of credit” should go to DeGraw and council members P’Elizabeth Koelker and Susan Jagers “for all their hard work in getting out the information about the levy. I can’t tell you how much work they put in.”