(Cleves, Oh.) - It has not been talked about a lot and many people may not even realize it, but the polls are open in the Village of Cleves Tuesday.
There is a ballot issue to be decided for Cleves voters in a special election. Residents are asked to decide on a 3.9 mil operating levy.
If it is approved, the levy will generate more than $201,000 a year for the Cleves general fund for five years. It would fund police, fire, snow removal, and other village services.
The proposed levy would cost homeowners $117 per year for every $100,000 in home value.
Cleves Mayor Danny Stacey hopes the levy passes.
"If this levy passes, the salary and stipend reductions, benefit changes and reduced hours will remain in place", Stacy said. "However the reality is, the reductions are not enough long-term. There are costs to operate any municipality that are beyond our control, such as increases in utilities, fuel, insurance, basic supplies and safety services. Plus, the State of Ohio is constantly reducing the funding it provides to all local governments."
Polling is open at the Miami Senior Center on North Miami Avenue until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. As with any election, voters must be registered. You can check your Ohio voter registration status at http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/Voters.aspx.