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Voters in the Genoa and Elmore areas showed strong support for the Harris-Elmore Public Library, passing a levy request Tuesday by more than a 22 percent margin: 2,799 – for to 1,782 – against, according to unofficial results.

The 1.1-mill levy will generate about $250,000 a year and marks the first time the library, which is based in Elmore and has a branch in Genoa, has gone to voters for local millage.

Georgiana Huizenga, library director, said the library’s board of trustees will meet Monday to discuss restoration of services that have been cut due to budgetary constraints.

Cuts in state funding resulted in the hours at both libraries being reduced by a third.

With revenues from the levy not being collected until February, however, hours are not likely to be restored until after the first of the year, Huizenga said.

She credited the efforts of volunteers who promoted the levy.

“I am very proud of the communities of Elmore and Genoa coming together to pass the first ever library levy,” she said. “Two communities: one library system. We are very grateful to all of our supporters and to the levy committee that worked so hard.  We are very excited that we will be better able to serve our patrons.”

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Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner said there would be no further budget cuts, despite the defeat of a proposed .25 income tax increase for three years at the polls last Tuesday.

The measure, defeated by a vote of 1,088, or 66.42 percent, to 550, or 33.58 percent, would have raised the income tax from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent had it passed. The additional revenue would have provided funds for capital improvements, capital reinvestment and operating expenses.

Stoner had made drastic cuts in personnel and services in the last year and a half as a result of reduced tax revenue collected by the city due to the poor economy.

But revenue in the last four months has slowly been rising for the city, reversing a downward trend in income tax collections for the last year.

“We’ve already done a lot of the cuts,” Stoner told The Press on Wednesday. In October, income tax revenue was up 2.5 percent compared to last October.

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 If you drive down Main Street in Genoa, you will find the kinds of businesses you typically find in a small town: bars, restaurants, a doctor’s office, a law firm. But you will also find an establishment that seems out of place. Located across the street from The Bharmacy and adjacent to The Hour Glass Inn is a marketing firm known as Pearson & Pearson.

Places like Pearson & Pearson are not typically supposed to exist in Small Town, Ohio. A hip, refined marketing firm that markets alcoholic products, it’s run by young, savvy professionals. Normally, you’d think to find a place like this somewhere in a major city.

With just five employees, it’s a small company that’s big in stature and demeanor.

Pearson & Pearson, which has been in existence for just over a year, was founded by Brian Pearson. He’s a man with a vision, plain and simple. The 35-year old former Marine, who was born and raised in Genoa, is the embodiment of a true entrepreneur. His unconventional, “outside-the-box” style of thinking and way of doing things is what helps create a business environment where creative and interesting ideas are the norm. That, as well as the passion and hard work put forth by Pearson and his employees.

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With the defeat of a 5.9-mill emergency operating levy for the Oregon City Schools district, the school board plans to make further cuts to avoid a looming budget deficit in 2012.

The levy, which would have brought in $3.4 million annually, was defeated last Tuesday by a vote of 5,603 to 3,907, according to unofficial results from the Toledo Lucas County Board of Elections.

The levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $182 annually.

It is the second time voters rejected a levy in the district since 2009. In August, 2009, voters defeated the same measure 3,605 to 1,119.

The school board had pinned its hopes on the levy passing this time because it made more cuts in the operating budget in the last year. In total, the board has cut $8 million from the budget in the last three years, including 32 teaching positions.

The district also negotiated concessions with both classified and certified teachers’ unions.

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After reviewing the budget needs of the county’s departments, the Wood County Commissioners have decided to ask the county’s budget commission to forgo collecting millage for 2011 on a levy that funds the Child and Protective Services program.

Tim Brown, a county commissioner, said tax revenue projections indicate there are sufficient revenues to carry the Job and Family Services Department through 2011 without collecting the tax from property owners next year.

About $3.98 million would be generated next year by the levy.

“At a time when so many families have cut back at home, we feel that an actual tax cut will be helpful to many of our citizens,” he said. “We will make the formal request of the budget commission for their consideration within the next two weeks.”

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