Cleveland: Port moves to place levy on ballot

3:50 PM, Jul 12, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND --The Port of Cleveland is likely placing a levy on the November ballot for Cuyahoga County voters.

A committee of the Port Authority Board of Directors has voted 7 to 1 to put the measure in front of voters.

The full board's expected to okay the decision July 25.

The levy would be for .67 mills. It would raise approximately $90 million a year.

The Port says the money would be used to fix and repair infrastructure in a way that creates jobs and encourages new development.

The money would be used for five purposes.

First, it would make maritime cargo terminal investments to upgrade port operations.

It would help fund sediment dredging to better clear and dispose dredged material and attract federal funding for that purpose.

It would address deteriorating infrastructure along the Cuyahoga River that serves as a key transportation lifeline for major employers along the river.  That includes investments to stabilize shifting Franklin Hill. The hill's movement threatens the navigation channel and a major sewer interceptor line.

It would address enviornmental concerns as part of the Port's Strategic Action Plan.

It would help fund a proposed enclosed pedestrian bridge connecting the Conventtion Center/Medical Mart with the lakefront.

It would cost homeowners $20 for every $100,000 of assessed vakye,

The city and county are jointly behind the proposed levy.


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