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Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Tax Levy (renewal)

Issue 59 on the ballot. Ballot language: A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority for the purpose of providing funds necessary for the Port Authority at a rate not exceeding 0.13 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 1.3 cents for each $100 of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.A YES vote approves the renewal of the property tax levy.A NO vote rejects the renewal of the property tax levy.A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.LEAGUE EXPLANATION: The current 0.13 mill Port Authority levy expires at the end of 2017. This ballot issue asks voters to approve the same amount. If passed, the levy will raise $1.3 million a year and cost a homeowner about $3.45 for every $100,000 of home value.
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Pro and Con Arguments For and Against the Measure

1. This levy does not increase tax millage, and the taxes it renews are minimal: it would cost a homeowner about $3.45 for every $100,000 of home value. 2. Port Authority operations are a key economic development tool for the region. 3. Many Cleveland jobs are dependent on the port and the materials that move through it. Raw materials for steel production, building trades and other industries go through the port. 4. The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (CCCPA) has taken the initiative in preventing the dumping of dredge from the Cuyahoga River into Lake Erie and in developing an alternative that makes use of dredge. 5. The CCCPA is planning to rebuild the collapsing wall at Irishtown Bend--a collapse could block the river and disrupt commercial traffic. 6. The CCCPA financed the Cleveland-Europe Express, an agreement with a Belgian company, to ship containers directly fro Antwerp through the St. Lawrence Seaway. This ensures quicker delivery from Europe, and bypasses the busy Atlantic seaports.

1. The Cleveland-Europe Express is currently financed by the port, and costs are higher than revenue. There will be no return on the investment until the ships are fully loaded on their twice-monthly trips (and it does not run during winter months). 2. The Irishtown Bend project is very expensive and will depend on multiple funding sources--which have not been secured. 3. The failure of this levy would decrease property taxes slightly.

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