Election Results: Avon, Avon Lake Levies Pass

Voters in Avon Lake approve school levy, while Avon voters OK pair of city levies.

UPDATED 9:11 p.m.

Voters approved the hotly debated Avon Lake schools levy with 52 percent percent of the vote.

Final, unofficial results show the measure passing, 3,192 to 2,928.

In Avon, voters handily approved two city levies: a (736 votes to 276 votes); and a (728 votes to 294 votes).

Lorain County voters approved two of three issues Tuesday: a  levy to fund the county drug task force and a levy supporting Murray Ridge. Voters turned down a levy to fund expansion of RTA routes.

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Issue 10: Avon Lake School Levy For Against Results 3192 2928

Issue 4: Avon Street Maintenance/Repair Levy

For Against Results (all votes in)
736 276 Issue 5: Avon Park Renewal Levy For Against Results  (all votes in)
728 294 Issue 1: Murray Ridge Replacement Levy For Against Results 17091 8766 Issue 2: Lorain County Transit Add'l Levy For Against Results  10382 14985 Issue 3: Lorain County Drug Task Force Add'l Levy For Against Results 13309 12207

*Results are according to unofficial numbers from the Lorain County Board of Elections.

Eric May 08, 2013 at 09:07 PM
If you want to keep your priorities in order, go ahead. Don't force me to believe the same as you via addtional taxes.
AvonLaker1234 May 08, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Typical St Joe's parental snobbery ahh a "St Joe's Family"!. I too am Catholic but coming from a family of teachers (parents, aunts, etc) I can tell you that the good teachers get hired where the money is and the poorer skilled teachers end up in the parochial schools.
Kristi Lynch May 08, 2013 at 09:21 PM
thank you mush heads!
Kristi Lynch May 08, 2013 at 09:23 PM
6.5 million more per year for the teachers! hah hah!
Elizabeth Schilens May 08, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Very misinformed comment.
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Cha-ching, cha-ching let the cash register ring. When are government employees benefits going to be brought into line with the people paying those benefits? Pay needs to be reduced to reflect teachers working an 8 month year. Teachers earn an average of. $70,000.00 per year. That needs to be reduced to $45,000. Retirement age for teachers need to be brought into line with those who pay their benefits. Early retirement at the age of 62 yrs of age and error at a younger age. Full retirement at age 65 - 70 yrs of age dependent upon the year of birth. Most/many property owners in avon lake have taken significant pay cuts over the past decade. Teachers need to do the same. Living high off the hog; having a cush government job; the time is long past to bring elitist teachers in line with what we the tax payers have.
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:14 AM
The literature that we received from the school district states that the average annual salary in avon lake schools is $70,000. It needs to be reduced to $45,000 per year.
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:24 AM
Ohio's law needs to revert to the tax basis for a home is altered only when it is bought or sold. It is unjust to do otherwise . The determination of whether or not one can afford a home is calculated prior to the purchase of the home once owning the home one can live one's life out in that home. A society which forces another out of their home, that is one that they own and not one owned by a financial institution, institution is an unjust community that will surely answer to a just God in the life after this physical life.
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:30 AM
The people who rejoice in the passage of avon lake's most recent cha-during cha-ching let the cash register ring school levy are "low information" voters. Let us, the critical independent non-mob/labor-union citizens remain civil in our discourse and refrain from name calling. The facts speak for themselves. They are low information voters.
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:35 AM
Government has no basis to be in education. Strive to end Governmental schools. Thank you God for our Governor. Continue to bless and guide him.
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:38 AM
Agreed. All power bases continuously seek to expand. The time for labor unions has passed.
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:40 AM
The supporters of this levy lied. The written literature that they HAND delivered to my home states that the the plant has closed. A clear lie.
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:43 AM
Kristen: would you be so kind as to cite your source
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Tweaks: I will spot your angry temperament evidenced by by "what is wrong with people... " The average school employee salary needs to be reduced from $70,000 to $45,000. See my earlier post.
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Terska excuse the miss spelling of your name. My kindle uncorrected it incorrectly.
Kristen LePrevost May 09, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Pat..what are you talking about? People complain about something and then I ask if they vote they say no...what would you like me to do? Cite names?
william May 09, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Through step increases the teachers have been getting a raise every year.
rgnocp38 May 09, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Teachers have not gotten step increases. You are either misinformed or lying.
rgnocp38 May 09, 2013 at 12:45 PM
It's amazing how many people do not like our Democratic society and the passing of an issue with a majority of the vote when they are on the other side. There was an article in Wall Street Journal last year that described the "leveling" of incomes, not reduction. Many who did not see a large increase may have had an inflated income over the years depending on industry and economic pressures involved. Most of the "figure dropping" that goes on in these posts is relative to individuals and putting anyone else in the same category is just a generalization meant to be self-serving.
rgnocp38 May 09, 2013 at 12:48 PM
As much as it takes to educate our kids to a high level. Avon Lake schools do that and just like a successful business, deserve the re-investment necessary to maintain that. The article last week showed data supporting that AL schools spend less than 3/4 of schools in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. I can support more taxes for them with that stat.
Avon Lake Family for years. May 09, 2013 at 01:31 PM
We read the information on the levy and know it inside and out. I have a child in Catholic Schools and decided to VOTE YES. I am glad I did!!! Yes, there a lot facts that I don't like, but short term, I thought it was the right thing to do!
John R. Parsons May 09, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Sounds to me as if the majority of commenters are opposed to this levy John R.Parsons
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:24 PM
The people I know do not complain. They are saddened by the mob mentality that seems to grip teacher union supporters in their unrelenting efforts to unjustly increase their life styles on the backs of hard working tax payers. They don't complain. They may be frightened by the recent behavior of the striking teachers in Strongsville. Under fear of mob and labor union threatening behavior that is reminiscent of teamster's union violence they may shrink and lay low but they do not complain.
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Make sure to let your students know why you have chosen your course of action. Fish job. Unjustly living off the backs of hardworking citizens. Work 8 months get paid for 18. Cha-ching, cha-ching .....
pat berger May 09, 2013 at 09:33 PM
"Fish" is "cush" in my earlier post...thanks kindle for the auto correct...
Jen G May 09, 2013 at 10:56 PM
I am amazed at the ignorance I see on here. Please educate yourself on school finance. Don't listen to everything you hear from people who don't support schools. Here are some FACTS : Average Teacher Salary in Avon Lake City The average teacher salary in Avon Lake City is $47,706. http://www.teachersalaryinfo.com/ohio/teacher-salary-in-avon-lake-city/ There may be some teachers that make $70,000....that's only for teachers who have been teaching for 30+ years. I would like to see just one of you nay-sayers come and teach in a classroom full of teenagers....just for ONE day. You will see how much of a "Cush" job it is. Work 8 mo. of the year??? Ha! Seriously?? You are sadly mistaken and sadly delusional! Learn about something before you speak! We have fantastic teachers in AL....always have! We are very lucky here. Be thankful or go away!
Unknown May 09, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Pat Berger, that 70K includes salary and insurance and retirement benefits. Everyone's an expert, yet no one has a clue....
A Lifetime Resident of Avon Lake May 10, 2013 at 02:28 AM
From the A.L. School Board during their Q&A session regarding the recent levy. These are the real numbers: "Teachers vary according to years of experience, level of education, and the type of insurance they take, none, single or family. I have attached a schedule produced by ODE that shows our cost per building for Avon Lake City School District. Below is a chart showing the average cost to the District of a teacher depending on the benefits they choose." $62,969 Average Salary $8,815.66 14% STRS $17,082.96 Health Insurance $88,866.62 - Total Average Compensation One example of a tenured teacher: Cost of one Junior High music teacher = $108,049.88 per year. ( Salary $79,796.00 X 14% (STRS) + $17,082.86 Health Insurance) $108,049.88 year/185 days/year = $584.05 per day. $584.05 per day/ 8.5 hours/day = $68.71 per hour Not taking a position, just stating the facts.
John Kenny May 10, 2013 at 04:51 AM
Remember everyone that there were no winners or losers on Tuesday, just citizens exercising their right to vote and participating in the democratic process. We are all on the same team here, members of the same community. These Patch commentors are fellow citizens, neighbors, parishioners, etc. and there is no need for the cheap shots and bickering. We all want the school district to be excellent although we differ on how that is to be achieved and paid for. The levy had to be passed because in Jan. of 2014 the district would lose multiple millions in funding & this was the only way to generate the money in a short time frame. We need to focus on the central issue here - how to fund the school district for the future. We need to push our local elected officials to develop a comprehensive funding plan for the schools going forward or we will be relegated to stumbling into a continuous cycle of emergency levies. Use the energy and passion you show on Patch to contact the BOE, the Mayor, & Council and demand that they develop a plan to replace the lost funding beyond just levies. They are the elected officials who have the power to make things happen in this city. The voters have done their part. Once the plan is developed, there will be sufficient revenue available and teacher's salaries and other expenses won't be an issue beacuse they will be covered. Don't let your passion die after election day - citizens can bring about change if they are willing to be persistent!
parent23 November 06, 2013 at 05:21 AM
I am not a teacher nor could I be. It is a demanding job and a very stressful one day in and day out. They HAVE to get extended education on their own dime in most cases! That being said I love hearing people whine about what they get paid. YOU could have been a teacher but you chose a different path so deal with it!


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