Fire levy renewal discussed for November ballot

EAST LIVERPOOL — With members Brian Kerr and Ray Perorazio absent, city council’s finance committee failed to reach a quorum Tuesday, but Chairman Fred Rayl held a brief informal discussion with the fire chief about placing a fire levy renewal on the fall ballot.

Chief Bill Jones told Rayl the deadline for filing the required resolutions passed by council with the county Elections Board is Aug. 8 in order to have the renewal on the November ballot.

Law Director Charles Payne, present for the meeting, said he could have the two necessary resolutions prepared for council’s June meeting, and Rayl gave him the go-ahead, saying he will attempt to reschedule the finance meeting for later this week.

The 8-mill levy would be collected for five years and would not increase taxes since it is a renewal, Jones emphasized.

Council generally moves to its summer schedule in June, meeting just once per month instead of twice, and Payne reminded Rayl council will have to approve two separate resolutions for the levy issue.

Auditor Marilyn Bosco also presented an ordinance for the committee to review and forward to council which would adjust appropriations in the sewer fund, general fund, Spring Grove Cemetery fund and Fawcett fund.

A seven day waiver will have to be approved by council if it is presented to council the night of its regular meeting.