Voters across Ohio showed their support for public services and the people who provide them by passing AFSCME endorsed funding measures.
The Toledo region topped the list with one city and seven Lucas County funding issues.
Voters approved a critical city 0.75 percent income tax. A rejection would have been devastating to the city which would have had to cut the budget by more than $55 million.
The other six Lucas County levies won by a sizeable margin including:
∙ a five-year, 0.75-mill levy for The Toledo Zoo where employees are represented by AFSCME Local 3640.
∙ Lucas County Children Services Board where employees are represented by AFSCME Local 544 won approval of a 1.4-mill levy renewal.
Voters also approved funding issues for Lucas County Public Library, Lucas County Emergency Services and the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority.
In the Cincinnati Region, voters approved Issue 44, a tax levy for Cincinnati Public Schools. AFSCME Local 232 represents the district’s support employees.
In the Akron Region, voters supported – by a two-to-one margin – an operating levy for the Stark Area Regional Transit Association, where employees are represented by AFSCME Local 1880.
In the Dayton Region strong voter support won Issue 9, a City of Dayton tax issue along with a successful funding levy for the Fairborn City School District where workers are represented by Council 8.
The Youngstown Region had successes when voters approved funding for the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities where employees belong to AFSCME Local 1143, and ballot box success for a critical City of Warren tax issue with the support of AFSCME Local 74 members who provide many city services.
“Through AFSCME Power in Action your union supports it’s members at the ballot box and at the bargaining table,” said Political and Legislative Director Robert Davis. “For pubic employees every election is important because the outcome often has a direct affect on us and our families.”