To the Editor:

I have been a resident of Avon for 54 years and a member of the Friends of the Avon Library for 45 years, and have seen immense growth in the city of Avon. I endorse the passage of Issue 12 on March 17 as it is an additional levy for 2 mills that will fund both expansion and renovation of our existing branch, and for operating funds.

In this age of technology where it is thought that libraries will soon be obsolete, there are those of us who still love to read a book and hope there are many others who feel the same. So with that in mind, I hope when voting on March 17, you will consider the benefits of having a library worthy of its patrons. Thank you.

Dorrie Bommer

Avon

To the Editor:

The Avon Lake Democrats strongly support and endorse LCCC Issue 17 and Avon Lake Issue 2 which will be on the Primary Election ballot on Tuesday, March 17. Lorain County Community College is a valuable asset for Lorain County residents and others, as well as those who are seeking a quality and affordable education that will lead them to a good job and a bright future. LCCC is a stepping stone for high school students to get a head start on college credits while they are still in school. It renews 1.8 mills, adds 0.5 mills and is not permanent. It is $1.50 a month more per $100,000 home value. Undeniably a great investment in the future!

The city of Avon Lake Issue 2 is another valuable asset and a very much-needed source of revenue to keep Avon Lake a desirable community with quality services. It is a five-year renewal that will generate $1,028,572 annually and will not increase taxes. Please vote yes on both of these levies to ensure good government and good education. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations.

Remember early voting starts Feb. 19 at the Lorain County Board of Elections. Visit loraincountyelections.com for the hours or to request an absentee ballot. Polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m. for in-person voting on Tuesday, March 17. The important thing is to vote, no matter how you do it!

Jean Sekulic

Avon Lake Democrats Chair

To the Editor:

When my family moved to the Cleveland area, looking at local libraries was one of the criteria we used to evaluate the different communities we were considering. We found the house and schools we were looking for in Avon, but were disappointed by the size and variety of materials available at our local library. While we’re all avid readers, we use the Avon branch primarily to pick up materials we’ve reserved online. This space has so much more potential.

Issue 12 would allow for a bigger and better library. The increased physical space offers room for everyone in the community — families who are looking for a place for children to play and learn, a quiet reading room for those looking to study, community meeting spaces and a cafe for those who want a place to gather, and increased access to technology offerings the community needs. But it’s not just an issue of space. The new library will also offer more and varied materials and programs for all populations.

Please join me in voting for Issue 12. Our community deserves a library that fits the size and needs of all its residents.

Julie Cecil

Avon

To the Editor:

On March 17 the city of North Ridgeville and North Ridgeville City Schools both have important issues on the ballot that are critical to the future growth and success of our community. We urge members of our community to go out and vote on Election Day.

The city has three renewal issues on the March 17 ballot, Issue 5 for police, Issue 6 for fire and Issue 7 for roads and bridges. The three city renewal issues generate a combined $4.4 million for a term of five years. These issues are renewal levies and are not an additional tax increase. The successful passage of Issues 5, 6 and 7 will allow the city to maintain services in these areas.

The North Ridgeville City Schools has Issue 13 on the ballot, which will combine four existing levies into one substitute issue and will not increase taxes for current residents. The four levies account for nearly 40% of the district’s local operating revenue. Issue 13 will also allow the district to benefit from the growth of new construction, capturing additional revenue as new construction continues in the city.

As the newly elected mayor and the superintendent, we are proud to join forces to urge our constituents to support all of these ballot initiatives and to keep our community strong. We are both proud of the investment our local citizens have made in their city and their schools over the years, and we are confident that the March 17 results will reaffirm that commitment.

On behalf of the North Ridgeville City Council and the North Ridgeville City Schools Board of Education, we thank you for your continuing support and commitment to securing the future success of our community.

Kevin Corcoran, Mayor of North Ridgeville

Roxann Ramsey-Caserio, North Ridgeville City Schools Superintendent

To the Editor:

As a leader in bringing news and information to the residents of Cuyahoga County, we wanted to take this opportunity to request the cooperation of your staff and newsroom in helping raise awareness about Issue 33, the critical Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy that will be on the March 17 ballot.

Cuyahoga County’s Health and Human Services system provides vital lifelines for more than 400,000 residents facing critical needs. Passing this levy would cost property owners roughly $41 a year more for every $100,000 in property value — about $3.50 more per month. It would generate an additional $35 million in annual health and human services funding.

That additional funding is critical for the one out of five Cuyahoga County residents who live in poverty. It is crucial for the nearly 1,500 additional children who are in foster care or under protective supervision due to the opioid crisis. It is necessary to continue programs that help a large number of senior citizens remain in their own homes, rather than in costly institutional settings.

With the presidential primary and ongoing economic issues, we understand that your newsroom will be very busy during the coming month. But we hope your staff will also find the time to cover Issue 33 and present important facts regarding this levy to Cuyahoga County voters.

County Executive Armond Budish

County Council President Daniel R. Brady

To the Editor:

I’m writing to urge my Cuyahoga neighbors to vote FOR Issue 33, Cuyahoga County’s Health and Human Services levy.

There are 400,000 reasons to support Issue 33.That's right: 400,000 Cuyahoga County residents depend on Health & Human Services.

From infants to teens, families and seniors, so many depend on Health & Human Services. Issue 33 will help older residents stay strong, independent and in their homes; help reduce infant mortality; help thousands of children whose families were destroyed by the opioid crisis; and provide more mental health and addiction treatment.

Issue 33 is at the end of the ballot, but make it your first priority. On March 17, vote Issue 33.

Councilman Tom Bullock

City of Lakewood

To the Editor:

The city of Avon has seen remarkable growth over the last 20 years. Both local government and school leaders have worked hard to provide great infrastructure, quality education and affordable amenities for our growing population. Young families, empty nesters and retirees see the city of Avon as a great place to live. It is time that voters take a closer look at an expanded and renovated library facility. Avon deserves a community gathering place for lifelong learning opportunities. A library built for a population of 10,000 people is not suitable for a community of 24,000.

Avon should not have to travel to libraries in Avon Lake or Westlake to enjoy the programming that we deserve right here in Avon. The library system has done extensive research within the community, including engaging our city officials. They have worked to develop a plan of renovation and expansion that will make good use of our tax dollars as well as meet the needs of a growing community for years to come. I encourage residents of all ages to vote for Issue 12, which would provide funds for physical expansion, as well as added services, materials and hours.

Barbara Piscopo

Avon

To the Editor:

Why does Avon, OH need to Pass Library Expansion - Issue 12?

I moved to Avon, OH almost 20 years ago. Since then, our community has grown so much by offering many amenities such as Avon Commons, restaurants, new buildings for our schools, Recreation Center and even an Aquatic Center. Our schools are top rated and our suburb is voted one of the best in the west side of Cleveland. But we have not invested in our library in which is an awesome resource to both young and old residents. By neglecting our little library, it contradicts our outstanding educational reputation. It’s like it is out of place. Avon needs to update and expand it to accommodate all the new families. I have been amazed and impressed by all the surrounding communities’ awesome libraries. A larger, wel- designed space can make all the difference for us. The new design allows room for several meeting spaces, technology, interactive spaces for adults, teens and children and even a café. This larger space will allow everyone to enjoy the programs offered! Responsible and careful financial planning has allowed us to come up with a plan that Avon can afford investing in our future. Don’t we deserve it?

Megan LaSalla

Avon

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