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City, library levies in hands of voters next week

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Grandview Heights voters will have two local levy requests to consider on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The city of Grandview Heights has placed Issue 22, a property tax replacement levy, on the ballot.

The 7.5-mill levy would provide about $410,000 annually in operating funds and $250,000 to be used for residential street improvements.

If the levy passes, the owner of a home with an appraised value of $266,343 -- the average appraised value in Grandview -- would pay about $611 in property taxes, an increase of around $22 per month.

The current property tax levy will expire at the end of the year.

City officials have said the levy would allow the city to maintain its current level of services and help to offset an annual reduction in state funds of about $623,000 resulting from state cuts in funding for local governments.

The street-improvement component would help the city make up for decreases in the sources for street-improvement funding, including the gasoline tax and motor vehicle license tax.

About half of the city's streets are rated "fair to poor" or "poor" and are "in need of serious attention," Mayor Ray DeGraw said.

The Grandview Heights Public Library also is on the ballot in both Grandview and Marble Cliff with Issue 49, a 2.5-mill replacement of the five-year levy passed in 2007.

The measure would generate about $732,000 a year and cost homeowners 38 cents more per month for each $100,000 of their homes' appraised value.

Like the city's levy, this ballot measure would allow the library to maintain its current level of operations and help to address the loss of state funding, said Michael Allardyce, who is serving as co-chairman of the library levy campaign committee with his wife, Susan.

Voters also will decide Issue 23b, a local liquor option to allow Sunday sales (10 a.m. to midnight) at Marshall's Restaurant & Bar, 1105 and 1111-1113 W. First Ave.

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