The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 2. There are local issues and candidates on Berea voters’ ballots.
Issue 3: 4.1-mill renewal general operating levy. The levy was first passed in 1975 and is up for renewal every five years. The levy generates about $427,861.24 annually and costs $24.30 a year for the owner of a home valued at $100,000. Funds from the levy account for about 2.82 percent of this year’s general services budget. This renewal levy is used for basic general operating expenses.
The passage of the levy would allow the City to maintain current programs and services, including Police, Fire, Street Maintenance, Leaf Collection and Snow Removal.
Issue 4: Proposed Charter Amendment. The proposed amendment adds gender inclusive language to the preamble of the Berea City Charter. The amendment was recommended by the Charter Review Commission, which met for several months earlier this year. The issue reads, “Shall the Preamble of the Charter of the City of Berea be amended to provide that whenever in the Charter the male gender pronoun is used, it is understood that it reflects and includes all gender pronouns?”
Berea City Council: All seats on Berea City Council are up for election. Council members serve two-year terms. Berea voters will select a City Council President (one candidate is on the ballot), two Council Members at Large (four candidates), and representatives for each ward – Ward 1 (one candidate), Ward 2 (one candidate), Ward 3 (one candidate), Ward 4 (two candidates) and Ward 5 (one candidate).
Berea City School District Board of Education: Two school board seats are up for election. There are six candidates on the ballot and one write-in candidate.