STEUBENVILLE - City officials waited through the early morning hours to declare victory in the five mill levy renewal campaign.
The levy was approved by city voters Tuesday by an unofficial 4,645 to 3,176 margin.
"After a long evening of waiting for results, thank you to all of those residents that supported the city in approving the renewal of the city's operating levy. The support of the voters is a vote of confidence on the transparency of our city council and administration as Steubenville continues to move forward in the most effective and efficient way possible even in light of the continued financial reductions from the state and federal governments," City Manager Cathy Davison declared early this morning.
"The real winners in this renewal of the five mill levy are the residents of Steubenville. I appreciate the support of the voters and thank them for their belief in our city," said Mayor Domenick Mucci.
"The levy renewal was first initiated in the early 1960s and has been renewed every five years since it was first offered to our city voters for their consideration. The levy has been and remains based on real estate valuations from the early 1960s. This levy raises $575,000 a year for the city's general fund and accounts for approximately five percent of the general fund budget," explained Davison.
"A majority of the general fund budget is used for our public safety forces. For this levy renewal not to pass would have been very detrimental for the city.
"The City Council and city administration have gone to great lengths to build a collaboration with other government agencies that have enhanced our fiscal stability. Through that collaboration we have added Pottery Addition to our sanitary sewer system and we have successfully worked with the Jefferson County Commissioners to create a new countywide Port Authority. And we hope to see more collaborative efforts in the future," Mucci declared.
"We have been spending the city's money very wisely. Passage of the levy renewal allows the city to continue making progress," Mucci noted.
"One of the strong points in our local government is the transparency of our city council and administration. People appreciate the fact the council is in tune with the community," remarked Mucci.
"People understand and support what our city is doing. City services are there when the residents need those services. Our city maintenance staff has been trimmed to the bare minimum. "These are exciting times for our city. We are seeing the benefits of collaboration with the county and the Visitors Center as well as the benefits from our economic partnerships with Progress Alliance and the new Jefferson County Port Authority. We are making strong moves into the future," said Davison.