Issue 14, which would amend city charter and allow Green residents to elect the city's law director, was hotly debated leading up to Tuesday's election. Even after the votes have unofficially been tallied, the issue still remains in limbo.
With all 20 precincts counted, 5,537 (50.1 percent) votes came in against Issue 14, while 5,508 (49.9 percent) are for it. The closeness of the results - a 27 vote margin - will trigger an automatic recount, according to Citizens for Responsible Green Government, the Political Action Committee which was responsible for getting the issue on the ballot. Plus, there are provisional and absentee ballots that still must be counted.
A recount will begin no sooner than 11 days after the election, meaning the official results won't be known until at least Nov. 17.
If passed, Issue 14 would change the city's charter to make the law director an elected position, with a requirement the candidate being a resident of Green. Under the existing charter, the law director does not have to be a city resident and the position is appointed by the mayor.
Coventry parks levy
The vote on Coventry Township's additional parks levy was also extremely close on Tuesday.
The five-year, 0.5-mill levy would generate $110,000 toward upgrades and maintenence to township parks. With all eight precincts unofficially counted, 2,034 (50.7 percent) supported the levy and 1,974 (49.3 percent) voted against it.
If passed, the lvy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $17.50 per year, starting in 2019.
Springfield road levy
Residents in Springfield Township appear to have passed a renewal of a five-year, 1 mill road levy with an additional 0.5 mills added to it.
With all 10 precincts unoffically counted, 2,630 votes (53.5) were for the levy and 2,283 (46.5) were against it.
The money will go toward general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges in the township. The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $15 a year.
- Voters in the Manchester Local School District overwhelmingly accepted a renewal on a five-year, 6.9 mill levy, which will allow the district to maintain current expenses. The total was 2,607 votes (68.9) for the renewal and 1,179 against it.
- Green voters supported Issue 13, which will amend the city's charter to move the primary date for municipal elections to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May, with 6,343 votes yes (62.5 percent) and 3,802 voting against it.
- In a countywide issue, Summit voters approved a renewal of a 2.25-mill levy and an additional 1 mill for the Summit County Children Services Board to support services and placement of children. The six-year levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $32.50 a year. A total of 122,627 (60.1 percent) supported the levy and 81,541 were against it.
- Lake Township voters easily passed a five-year, 1.25-mill road levy renwal with 7,335 (63.4 percent) for the levy and 4,234 against it.
- Voters in much of Stark County, including those in the Lake Local School District, defeated an eight-year, 2.2-mill additional levy for the Stark County District Library with 45,602 (52.5 percent) voting against it and 41,267 (47.5 percent) voting for it.