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Sales tax renewal headlines Tuesday primary ballot

By Robert Wang GateHouse Ohio Media Published: April 30, 2017 6:44 PM

It being an odd-numbered year and a primary election Tuesday means a far less cluttered ballot than the one presented to voters in the November presidential election.

The polls will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in 284 precincts in 143 voting locations throughout Stark County. Early voting is available today 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stark County Board of Elections at 3525 Regent Ave. NE in Canton.

Voters will have to bring ID or documentation of their identity such as a utility bill or bank statement or they will have to cast a provisional ballot.

The headliner, which will be on all Stark County ballots, is the question of whether voters should approve a renewal of the current 0.5 percent criminal justice sales tax from 2020 to 2028. If approved, the issue would not result in a tax increase.

Stark County commissioners are seeking the early renewal so they can borrow $10 million to $12 million to fund upgrades to the county's radio system for emergency responders. They want to have the assurance that the sales tax will be in place during the entire 10-year repayment period.

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Officials in the Sandy Township police district and the Tri-Division Ambulance District are asking voters to approve property tax increases.

The levies that would result in increases on homeowners' property tax bills if approved are:

Sandy Township police district, 3 mills, five years, would raise $128,902 a year, additional annual cost for the owner of a $100,000 home: $105.

Tri-Division Ambulance District, 1.5 mills, four years, fire, would raise $278,387 a year, additional annual cost for the owner of a $100,000 home: $52.50.

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