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Brunswick safety levy approved on second try

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BRUNSWICK — The city’s second try at the polls proved successful: Voters supported their safety forces Tuesday night.

With 100 percent of votes tallied, the 0.65 percent income tax request passed 1,671 votes (56.64 percent) to 1,279 (43.36 percent), according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections.

Though the numbers are not final and votes will be certified later by the board, Acting City Manager and Police Chief Carl DeForest said, “I am extremely pleased with the results and it reflects positively on the community, the men and women who serve this community in uniform and all the city employees and volunteers for their efforts over the past several years.

“We have the responsibility to be stewards of the public trust and when they support us in this fashion, it is humbling and satisfying.

We will continue to do the best job we can to keep our citizens safe and secure, and this levy passing helps us in that effort.”

Brunswick officials had said an 0.15 percent tax increase was needed to maintain staffing levels in the police and fire divisions, including EMS services and the school resource officer.

The 0.65 percent tax will bring in $6.3 million annually over five years for safety forces. It replaces the 0.50 percent tax going off the books this year generates about $4.5 million.

The 0.65 percent tax, combined with a separate permanent 0.35 percent income tax, will generate more than $10 million for safety forces.

After voters rejected the request Nov. 8 by 7,975 votes to 7,698, city officials reworded the ballot language that many residents said was “confusing.” Community leaders also campaigned to help residents understand the need for the levy.

“I know the volunteers and those involved in getting the information out put forth extra effort through the door-to-door campaign, ads, literature, cable shows and other efforts to inform citizens of the need for this levy and I am thankful for that energy and assistance,” DeForest said.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.



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