Information About City of Elyria Issue 6
Elyria City Council unanimously approved the placement of a temporary, 5-year, one half percent income tax increase on the March 15, 2016 ballot. Passage of the issue is critical to the City of Elyria’s ability to continue to provide quality basic services and prevent backward slippage. A $2 million decrease in funding from the State annually is making the provision of basic operations very difficult in the City.
Among other necessities, passage of this issue is critical to the City’s ability to provide enough police officers to patrol our streets, equipment to support them, and enough revenue to repave and repair residential streets. Disability, social security and retirement income ARE NOT TAXED. Even with passage of this issue, Elyria’s income tax rate is still lower than most neighboring communities.
The City administration has already initiated more than $2 million of reductions and cost-saving measures, including the reduction of 50 fulltime and part-time employees. Without additional revenue, the City of Elyria will struggle to provide services and remain economically competitive. Careful consideration of this Issue 6 is urged, as Elyria has not passed a new tax since 1992 – almost 25 years. For more information, please visit the Elyrians First Committee facebook page.
PROPOSED MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX (ADDITIONAL)
A Majority Affirmative Vote Is Necessary For Passage
Shall the ordinance providing for an additional ½% of 1% levy on income to provide funds for resurfacing and repair of residential streets and infrastructure, additional police officers and equipment, an amount necessary to address the capital needs of the city including projects for the Elyria City Parks and Recreation Department as they may be determined in accordance with the Parks Master Plan, and economic development and promotion of the City for the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021 be passed?
FOR THE INCOME TAX
AGAINST THE INCOME TAX
Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda gave her 2015 State of the City Address to a standing room only packed house at the Wesleyan Village in Elyria at Noon on February 17, 2015. Click here to view the presentation: Maintaining Momentum. For more information call the Mayor’s Office at (440) 326-1402.
Previous State of the City Addresses can be found here.
JumpStart Elyria Designed to Revitalize Elyria’s Downtown, Midway and Cleveland Street Areas
Update: The full, final Jumpstart Elyria Redevelopment plan can be downloaded/viewed by clicking here. Be aware this is a large, 50MB file and will take several minutes to load depending on your connection speed, so please be patient.
The City of Elyria has received a $93,000 federal grant to conduct a market analysis and create redevelopment plans for its commercial business districts, including Downtown, Midway and Cleveland Street. The City has hired some of the top urban planners and market analysts in the country to help us figure out how to best position Elyria for success in the region. The entire process will take about 12 months.
The first two JumpStart community meetings were held November 12 and 13 at the Elyria Transportation and Community Center and Council Chambers of Elyria City Hall. The Mayor shared the City’s redevelopment strategy; the City’s planning consultants from the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative of Kent State University and Streetsense of Bethesda, Maryland made a presentation of local, regional and national market indicators and what they mean for Elyria; and Elyria business owners and residents were offered an opportunity to ask questions and comment on the process. There were 120 participants at the meetings.
The second set of community meetings were held February 12, 2015 in morning and afternoon sessions at Elyria City Hall. The focus of these meetings was to present and discuss proposed connection development opportunities and infrastructure enhancements in and between Elyria’s three commercial business districts. The videos for the first two sets of meetings are viewable below. Collectively, there have been 180 participants at all the meetings.
The third set of community meetings were held April 1, 2015. The purpose of this meeting was to (1) present the summary of findings from the Market Analysis, (2) learn about the recommended economic development and implementation strategies, and (3) discuss the priorities for infrastructure and connectivity relative to the proposed recommendations.
The Powerpoint Presentation for this meeting can be view here: Jumpstart Elyria April 2015
The Powerpoint slides from the presentation can be viewed here: Jumpstart
City of Elyria Performance Audit
The City of Elyria commissioned a voluntary performance audit by the Ohio Auditor of State. The results and the City of Elyria response are posted below. Please visit MAYOR BRINDA’S BLOG for more information, or call the Mayor’s office at (440) 326-1402.
The City of Elyria Response is listed under “Client Response” beginning on page 91 in the above document. If you wish to read **ONLY** the City of Elyria Response, you may do so by clicking below:
Welcome to the City of Elyria’s website, a window to Ohio’s community of opportunity.
Alive with enthusiasm and rich in diversityand imagination, as residents of Ohio’s 14th largest city we take great pride in our can-do pioneering spirit, history of innovation, natural beauty, commitment to volunteerism, and welcoming door to all people.
Founded at the fork of the scenic Black River in 1817 by Heman Ely, Elyria is a city of “firsts” and has all the right ingredients to put Elyrians first again. To name just a few, you are looking into the home of the Easter Seal Society; the first chartered high school west of the Allegheny Mountains; the sewing machine; the modern, padded bicycle seat; the rubber heel; the term “hamburger”; the colored golf ball; Heisman trophy winner Vic Janowicz; and author Sherwood Anderson.
Armed with a vision and a plan, our 55,000 residents continue to be committed to making the best use of our time, talents and many community assets. Today Elyria is the world headquarters of companies like Ridge Tool, Invacare Corporation, EMC Corporation, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Diamond Products. In 2012, EMH Elyria Medical Center was named an America’s100 Best Hospital by HealthGrades, one of the nation’s leading providers of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Lorain County Community College is a leader in lifelong learning and a catalyst for business innovation and training in Ohio. The grand opening of Elyria’s new $70 million public high school speaks to the value our community places on education, rounding out the myriad of public, parochial, private and charter school choices in the community.
Our world-class companies; high quality, affordable health care, and education systems are complimented by historic and modern, eclectic housing choices; a scenic parks system complete with waterfalls, nature trails and recreation centers in each quadrant of the city; and an expansive and active faith-based community. Nonprofit organizations work closely with the City and other public organizations to provide responsive services to our residents. A testimony to our community working together are this summer’s Reach and Rise Discovery Camps offered to Elyria children and youth free of charge thanks to the collective support and collaboration of many public, private and non-profit organizations.
Only seven miles from Lake Erie, and 26 miles from Cleveland, Elyria boasts of providing easy access to all the wonderful amenities that Northeast Ohio has to offer. We hope you’ll join us!
Coming Soon: Elyria’s New E-Government Center Website
Welcome to the City of Elyria, Ohio’s temporary website. Please excuse our website dust. Our new E-Government Website is under construction and will soon allow you to access services 24 hours per day, seven days per week. If you are in need of information not currently posted on the website, please contact the Mayor’s Office at (440) 326-1402. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding.
Please contact Mayor Brinda’s Office for information regarding the following:
- Economic Development/Business Retention,
Expansion, Attraction Services
- Volunteer Opportunities: Summer Reach &
Rise Discovery Camps, Community Gardens, Finwood Holiday Display
This video of Cascade Park was created for our city by Dr. Mark Jessie, Elyria High School Music Director.