know the facts as it relates to both Issues 18 and 19 on the Nov. 8 ballot. It is unfortunate that a member of city Council is disseminating misleading information to confuse the general public about the facts.
In 1980 when I was elected to Council, the city struggled to maintain roads and other operational needs.
Funds were limited and it was necessary to take on staggered road notes every two to three years. Residents were not asked to increase the real estate taxes or payroll taxes.
In 1987, when I was elected mayor, there was only $50,000 available in capital improvement dollars. I was faced with a real dilemma. We needed more policemen and police cars on the streets. We needed to move our fire department into a full-time operation with paramedics, equipment, etc.
My first approach was to build our tax base by bringing in more industrial and commercial development.
Our city immediately became a part of the Western Reserve Enterprise Zone where it allowed us the tools to attract new industrial businesses.
This hard work and time paid off with hundreds of millions of dollars in new businesses and created thousands of new jobs, which then in return increased the city's revenue through the payroll and profit tax.
Finance Director Rhonda Hall, who is a certified public accountant, analyzed the costs to maintain basic services to a typical residential home.
That cost is $2,991 per year to pave, snow plow, patrol and provide fire protection, etc.
A home valued at $189,000 pays an annual real estate tax of $3,635 and the city's portion of that is $291. Thus, the city gets very little of the real estate taxes.
I would urge residents to please support these issues. Thank you.
VOTE NO! HOW MUCH MORE MONEY DO THEY NEED. THEY TOOK OVER 2 COMMUNITIES. GOOD LORD. MACEDONIA HAS SPENT ALL THEIR OWN MONEY... NOW, THEY FOUND THE TWO SUCKERS LIVING NEXT DOOR AND HAVE TAKEN ALL THEIRS. AND AGAIN... THEY WANT RESIDENTS MONEY. NOT ONLY THEIR OWN BUT THE 2 COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN DUMB ENOUGH TO PARTNER WITH THEM HAVE NOW INDIRECTLY RAISED THEIR COMMUNITIES TAXES. VOTE NO VOTE NO VOTE NO.... AND MOVE.
As former Finance Director of Macedonia, I know first hand and agree with Mayor Migliorini that your city cannot provide theexceptionalservice levels and provide for first class infrastructure like roads, equipment, etc without additional funding.
I know that there are several on City Council with their own political agenda who are doing tremendous damage to the long-term financial stability of Macedonia by objecting to new taxes for specific road and recreation programs that will only serve to protect and enhance property values in Macedonia.
The Mayor and Council majority have selected the least intrusive form of taxes that will help the retired seniors whom will not be impacted by a penny. The proposed new tax issues will be primarily collected from non-residents, so please don't be fooled by those few attempting to mislead you and support your lawfully elected respresentatives with your vote of yes on November 8th.
Your Mayor and Finance Director whom serve you are requesting along with the majority of City Council that you give these issues serious consideration. I recommend that you consider their requests sincerely and not be blinded by the angry and spiteful minded anti-tax people attempting to promote their own political agenda.
Macedonia is a great community, a diamond that just needs a little polishing to reveal the brilliance hidden within your city limits. Acknowledge those whom protect you and your families with their lives and talents 24 hours a day with your support and keep Macedonia the great community it is.
Vote on November 8th and do it with your heart and mind on what you want Macedonia to be in the future for you and your family.
I am no longer your Finance Director but I know that Rhonda Hall is well respected in the government finance and audting community, so listen to a well known and respected professional who is asking for your honest consideration and vote for Macedonia's future on November 8th.
Loren Sengstock, Retired Finance Director