(Cleves, Oh.) - Not many levees passed at the ballot box in Ohio Tuesday, but one that did will help out the Village of Cleves.
Fifty-six percent of voters cast their ballots in support of a five year, six-mill levy which will supply about $317,000 each year, saving more than a third of the village’s $900,000 annual general fund operating budget.
The passage of the ballot issue is a turnaround from last November when a similar six-mill levy failed by just three votes. The village said in a letter sent to residents before the election that the failure of the November levy forced council to lay off two full-time police officers, cut village employee salaries by 10 percent, and reduce council members salaries by $50 per month.
This newly-passed levy will make up for two other fire and operating levies which expire at the end of 2011
In Harrison, floral shop owner Matt Hiatt won the Republican mayoral primary by defeating fellow council member Deb Acra 53-to-47 percent out of 617 ballots cast.
Hiatt will face incumbent Joel McGuire, an independent candidate, in November.