By Kevin Kelley
Four proposed amendments to the charter that reformed the government in Cuyahoga County in 2011 will be on the Nov. 5 ballot. The proposed amendments, as well as three countywide tax levies, will be the focus of Cuyahoga County Councilman Dave Greenspan’s next town hall meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College.
Issue 2 asks voters to amend the county charter to extend, from 30 to 60 days, the time County Council may confirm executive appointments, and sets a limit on how long an interim appointee may serve. Another proposed amendment, Issue 3, would rename the Human Resource Commission as the Personnel Review Commission and allow the County Council to appoint its members. The Issue 4 amendment would allow County Council to set rules for itself and take certain actions without the approval of the county executive. The Issue 5 proposal would reorganize the county’s Board of Revision, which decides appeals to property values. A new board would be created that would oversee the multiple boards that hear and rule on appeals.
The three countywide tax issues would fund the county’s health and human services programs, the Cleveland Metroparks and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.
Issue 1, the health and human services measure, would replace an existing 2.9-mill levy and increase taxes by 1 mill. If passed, the tax would be in effect for five years. The Cleveland Metroparks is seeking a renewal of a 1.8-mill tax and an increase of 0.9 mills, for 10 years, in Issue 80. The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority is seeking the renewal of a five-year, 0.13-mill tax in Issue 82.
Officials from the county’s health and human services offices, the Cleveland Metroparks and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority will be at Greenspan’s town hall meeting to discuss the proposed levies and answer questions.