Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Read a statement from the district here.
Shortly after voters approved two levies for Mentor Schools, administrators thanked residents helping secure 18 percent of the budget. The district said the following in a statement emailed Tuesday night to members of the media: The Mentor Board of Education and district administrators are pleased that once again our community has voted to support a high quality education for students in Mentor Public Schools. The district is extremely grateful for the renewal of the no tax increase permanent improvement levy and the no tax increase levy to avoid an operating deficit, known throughout the campaign as Issues 1 & 2. “We would like to extend a large thank you to everyone who showed their support for Mentor Schools at the polls today,” said …
The passage does not increase taxes for residents
Voters in the Mentor School District on Tuesday approved improvement and renewal levies by a combined 6,393 votes. The levies will cost residents the same combined $38.13 per $100,000 of property valuation they already pay. Voters favored both the 8.84-mill renewal levy and the 1-mill permanent improvement levy by nearly 73 to 27 percent. 5,051 The larger levy generates about $15 million per year for the district. Originally passed in 1988, the permanent improvement levy brings in $1 million per year. Neither levy raise taxes for Mentor residents. By law, the district can only spend improvement levy money on upgrades for grounds and equipment at the district's 15 buildings. Examples include parking lots, heating and roofing. Voters first …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The issues and voting information that will affect Mentor.
As the May 7 special election approaches, Mentor Patch will bring you the information you need about the races in town.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The levy would continue to cost the owner of a $100,000 home $15.68 per year
In the second of two levies on the May 7 ballot, residents in the Mentor Schools district will vote on a 1-mill renewal permanent improvement levy. As it is a renewal, the levy would continue to cost the owner of a $100,000 home $15.68 per year if it is approved, Lake County Board of Elections Director Scott Dasher said. The current permanent improvement levy generates about $1 million per year and expires at the end of this year. Because it is a permanent improvement levy, the district can only spend that money on improvements for grounds and equipment at the district's 15 buildings. Examples include parking lots, heating and roofing. The levy was originally passed in 1988 and has been renewed four times since, according to Mentor Schools…
Friday, February 15, 2013
Potential candidate for Ohio governor, FitzGerald told a group of college students he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse Obama.
As Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald travels the state rallying support for his possible run for Ohio governor, he's been attracting the attention of the folks at Politifact Ohio. Recently, they checked out a claim published late last month by the Cincinnati Enquirer that FitzGerald, the former mayor of Lakewood, said he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse Barack Obama for president. Politifact Ohio called that claim mostly false. They weren't able to prove that he wasn't the first, but neither was FitzGerald. Does this mean anything to you in deciding whether you think FitzGerald has a shot at the governor's seat? Let us know what you think.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Prosecutor Charles Coulson said there was confusion over when the district would be allowed to ask voters for a renewal
Mentor Schools received a brief scare this week when officials heard that they may not be able to place a renewal levy on the May 7 ballot. The Lake County Prosecutor's Office informed the district Friday morning that the 8.84-mill renewal levy could go on the ballot as planned. The office had previously advised the Lake County Board of Elections that Mentor Schools would have to wait for the 2014 expiration of the current levy before it could ask voters for a renewal. "We told them that it appeared that they couldn't put it on, but we found that isn't correct," Prosecutor Charles Coulson said. "It was an error in having all of the facts." The issue deals with the years in which the district would collect revenues from the levy. The …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Precinct-by-precinct results show that Romney beat Obama in Mentor
President Barack Obama won the national vote and he won in Ohio. He held a rally for more than 4,000 people at Mentor High School, but it wasn't enough for him to win the city. Unofficial results from the Lake County Board of Elections show that 1,658 more Mentor residents voted for Mitt Romney than Obama. Romney won 24 of the city's precincts, compared to 10 for Obama. View the precinct-by-precinct results in this table:
The U.S. representative says the GOP needs to become a national party
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Mentor Patch moms discuss how they initially brought up politics with their kids
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Each week the Mentor Patch Moms Council answers a question on parenthood posed to them by readers or another member of council. This week our question is: How did you initially discuss politics with your children? Donna Milnes: When my children were growing up they were included in discussions about politics. We always made a big deal about our right to vote and that people had different opinions and could disagree, but in the end we still come together as Americans in this wonderful country. We stressed that this was what makes our country great! This year where I work was also a voting place and I was pleased to see many children coming in to see the voting process with their parents. I thought this was a great way to instill a sense …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
During his speech in Chicago, Obama discussed a family he met while campaigning in Mentor
Just days after he campaigned in Mentor, President Barack Obama gave the city a shout-out Wednesday morning in his acceptance speech. While discussing his "Obamacare" initative, Obama gave a brief account of meeting Kevin Potter, a Kirtland man he met while visiting Mentor. Potter's daughter 3-year-old daughter, Erin, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2007. When Potter introduced Obama at his Mentor High School rally, he said Obamacare saved the girl's life. Here's what the President said, as transcribed by Fox8.com: "I saw it just the other day in Mentor, Ohio where a father told the story of his eight-year-old daughter whose long battle with leukemia nearly cost the family everything ... Had it not been for the health …