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'No' rally opposes 3 issues

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ELYRIA — The Citizens for Better Lorain County Government invites people to attend the “Vote No” Rally on Tuesday to oppose the three issues on the November ballot.

Kirsten Hill, treasurer for the organization, said the group will use the rally to share information about Issues 1, 8 and 14 on the ballot. The rally will be 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday on the sidewalk in front of the Lorain County Administration Building, 226 Middle Ave.

Issue 1 is statewide constitutional amendment to change many drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and would prohibit those convicted from being sentenced to prison for the first two offenses in a two-year period.

Issue 8 is a new, 0.7-mill permanent improvement tax levy for the Lorain County Joint Vocational School. The levy would generate about $4.5 million annually, which would cost a homeowner of a $100,000 house about $26 per year.

Issue 14 is a new countywide 0.3-mill tax levy for that would raise $2 million annually to help fund Recovery One, which is a one-stop recovery facility that the Nord Family Foundation, The LCADA Way, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County and the Lorain County Board of Mental Health are partnering with the Lorain County Board of Commissioners to open at the former Golden Acres facility.

Hill said voters have a right to know how the issues will affect their lives so they can vote accordingly.

“It will affect them. Issue 8 and Issue 14 will affect their pocketbooks,” she said.

The event is open to all. Anyone attending the rally also can fill out a form to register to vote — regardless of political affiliation — since Tuesday is the last day to register to vote on the Nov. 6 ballot.

“We can have them fill out their information on the form and deliver them to the (Lorain County) Board of Elections.”

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or by email at bwalton@chroniclet.com.


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