By LCCC journalism students
Special to The Chronicle-Telegram
Issue 1, a half percent sales-tax increase, generated mixed reaction from a cross-section of voters today. The county-wide tax increase is projected to generate $16 million, half of which will allow a decrease in property tax, and the rest will go to the county’s general fund.
Bridget Corriveau, who cast her ballot at the Spitzer Center in Elyria, did not support Issue 1 and questioned the need for the increase.
Another Elyria resident Mary Stewart also argued against all tax increases by saying, “They [tax increases] all start small, but eat up our incomes. I am strongly against that. I wouldn't vote for it.”
Jake Saladonis, an Avon resident, echoed similar views.
“There is absolutely no need for tax increases,” Saladonis said. “With the economy the way it is we cannot afford another tax increase no matter how small.”
However, Terry Brouse, another Avon resident, disagreed. Meyers said Issue 1 is needed to “keep our community safe, clean and strong.”
Sandy Domain, of Lorain, said the passage of Issue 1 is important because it would benefit the whole community. “The county needs to remain competitive with surrounding areas,” Domain said.
Not all residents of Lorain County believe the proposed sales tax hike is necessary. Susan Ward and her daughter, Sarah, said they do not need to be taxed more than what is being done already.
Sheffield Lake resident Mark Erdei said he voted for Issue 1 and other issues. “I am working for the people,” Erdei said. “I am looking to get four years to get the voice of the people”.
Melissa Cook, of Wellington, voted for Issue 1 because “I feel that this community could use more financial support.”
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