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NOV 6, 2018
CHILDREN SERVICES LEVY INCREASE WINS

Akron Beacon Journal, By Jim Mackinnon
Summit County Children Services got its levy increase. And there was no doubt about it. With all 420 county precincts counted by 10:40 p.m., Issue 8, proposing a one-mill levy increase to Children Services, passed with 122,627 yes votes, or slightly more than 60 percent of votes cast, to 81,541 opposed. The ballot proposal asked voters whether to renew the agency’s existing 2.25 mill levy and then increase the levy by another mill. Children Services and others argued the agency needed the renewal and increase because of a rising demand for services while at the same time revenue was dropping. The agency had not received a levy increase in 30 years. READ MORE

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OCT 28, 2018
YES ON SUMMIT COUNTY ISSUE 8, LORAIN COUNTY ISSUE 14, LEVIES TIED TO OPIOID CRISIS: ENDORSEMENT EDITORIAL
Cleveland.com, By Editorial Board
Voters in Summit and Lorain counties are being asked for new levy money to help manage the mounting costs of the opioid epidemic. Both levies deserve the voters’ support. The editorial board urges a “Yes” vote on Summit County Issue 8 and Lorain County Issue 14, two levies on the Nov. 6 ballot to address urgent local needs tied to the opioid epidemic…READ MORE

OCT 25, 2018
COUNCIL AGREES TO SUPPORT ISSUE 8
West Side Leader, By Michelle DeShon
At the Oct. 22 meeting, Norton City Council discussed road improvements, the creation of funds and more. Council heard from Chelsay Finney, of Summit County Children Services (SCCS), about Issue 8, which is the renewal of a 2.25-mill levy with a 1-mill increase, on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot…READ MORE

OCT 11, 2018
SUMMIT COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES SEEKING TAX RENEWAL AND INCREASE IN NOVEMBER
Cleveland.com, By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter
AKRON, Ohio – Summit County voters will be asked during the November general election to renew and increase a Summit County Children Services tax for the next six years. Issue 8 would renew an existing 2.25 mills property tax and request a 1 mill increase, for a total of 3.25 mills for six years – 2019 through 2025…READ MORE

SEP 13, 2018
AKRON-AREA VOTERS TO WEIGH PROPOSED COUNTYWIDE TAX INCREASE, LOCAL ISSUES ON NOVEMBER BALLOT
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com
Summit County voters will see plenty of issues on the November ballot ranging from a countywide tax increase for Children Services to deciding whether municipal primaries should be moved earlier in the year in Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Green and Tallmadge. The county elections board released the list of issues last week. The only countywide issue involves a proposed 3.25-mill, six-year levy for Children Services. The proposal involves the renewal of a 2.25-mill levy with an increase of 1 mill…READ MORE

SEP 13, 2018
CHILDREN SERVICES SEEKING RENEWAL LEVY WITH INCREASE 
West Side Leader, By Maria Lindsay
SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Children Services (SCCS) Board officials are asking voters to approve the renewal of an existing 2.25-mill levy, with a 1-mill increase, for a total of 3.25 mills, in the Nov. 6 General Election. According to the ballot language for Issue 8, the six-year levy would begin in January, with collections to start in 2020…READ MORE

AUG 30, 2018
APS BOARD SUPPORTS CHILDREN SERVICES LEVY
West Side Leader, By Jeff Gorman
The Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education approved Aug. 27 a resolution of support for the Summit County Children Services (SCCS) levy that is on the November ballot. Levy campaign coordinator Molly Knight and legal counsel Chelsay Finney spoke to the board about the 2.25-mill renewal levy, which includes a 1-mill increase. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $35 per year if voters approve the levy, according to SCCS officials. Finney said SCCS has not had a levy increase in 30 years… READ MORE

AUG 28, 2018
SUMMIT COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES TO PUT RENEWAL LEVY AND INCREASE ON BALLOT
WKSU, By Tyler Thompson
Summit County Children Services is seeking more financial support through a proposed renewal levy and increase this fall. Summit County Children Services is seeking more financial support through a proposed renewal levy and increase this fall. Summit County Children Services is looking to a levy renewal and increase in November to avoid budget cuts. The levy calls for a 2.25-mill renewal along with a one mill increase. Children Services has been operating on a deficit for the past few years… LISTEN HERE

AUG 27, 2018
AKRON SCHOOL BOARD OFFERS SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN SERVICES LEVY
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com, By Theresa Cottom
The Akron Board of Education showed its support Monday for the proposed Summit County Children Services levy on the ballot for November. During the regular board meeting, two representatives from Summit County Children Services (SCCS) gave a short presentation about the organization’s increased need for the levy as the region continues battling an opioid epidemic. SCCS is asking for a 2.25-mill renewal levy with a 1 mill increase to support existing services and hope to provide additional ones. The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 an additional $35 a year…READ MORE

AUG 16, 2018
LOCAL ISSUES FILED FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT
West Side Leader, By Kathleen Collins
MEDINA/SUMMIT COUNTIES — Voters living in the West Side Leader’s coverage area will see a ballot full of issues in the Nov. 6 General Election…
Summit County Children Services Board
Officials with the Summit County Children Services Board (CSB) are asking voters to approve the renewal of an existing 2.25-mill levy with a 1-mill increase, for a total of 3.25 mills, in November.
According to Jason Dodson, chief of staff for County Executive Ilene Shapiro, CSB has not sought an increase in its millage in 30 years. The levy would be for six years and commence in 2019…READ MORE

AUG 7, 2018
FUNDRAISER FOR CHILDREN SERVICES SET FOR SEPT. 13
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com
The Citizen’s Committee for Children Services will host its annual “Together for Safe Kids” levy fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Road, to support Summit County Children Services. The event features a live auction, food and music.
Children Services is seeking a 2.25-mill renewal levy with the addition of 1 mill in November. The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $35 per year, the agency said…READ MORE

JUN 22, 2018
SUMMIT COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES BOARD LEVY TO APPEAR ON NOVEMBER BALLOT
Cleveland.com, By Brittany Nader
AKRON, Ohio — Summit County Council and Executive Ilene Shapiro approved legislation to place renewing the Summit County Children Services board levy on the general election ballot in November.
The renewal levy will provide services for children in the county, particularly those who have been affected by the the opioid crisis. There has been a 17 percent increase in the number of children who have entered the Summit County Children Services’ custody over the last two years related to cases of substance abuse…READ MORE