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Levies approved, Mayo gets the nod

POLLS OPEN — Froehlich's Classic Corner was one of seven polling locations open in Steubenville and Cross Creek Township during Tuesday's primary/special election. -- Andrew Grimm

STEUBENVILLE — Voters made their voices heard in Steubenville and Cross Creek township Tuesday, approving all three levies on the ballot and unseating an incumbent councilman.

In Steubenville, voters renewed two levies:

• The city’s 0.7 percent income tax, which generates revenue for street improvements and equipment, parks and recreation capital improvements and the general fund, won 83.3 percent of the votes cast. The unofficial tally was 840 votes for renewal and 168 against.

• The 0.3 percent income tax for salaries and street improvements won 81.39 percent of the votes cast, with unofficial tallies at 818 for renewal and 187 against. Revenue generated by the 0.3 percent income tax is earmarked for salaries and street improvements.

City Manager Jim Mavromatis said it was “great news.”

“This clearly shows that government and its citizens can work together,” he said.

Mayor Jerry Barilla said the levies “are so vital for the services that are provided.”

“I’m grateful for our citizens recognizing that streets, equipment, safety services and recreation are necessary for the sustaining of continued improvement of Steubenville,” Barilla said.

Finance Director Dave Lewis said the levies “are what keeps city services intact. The continuation of (them) will help stabilize the city for the next five years.”

Fifth Ward Councilman Willie Paul, who chairs council’s finance committee, said passage of the levies “is everything we need to move the city forward.”

Fourth Ward Councilman Scott Dressel, meanwhile was upset in his bid for a second full term in office, losing the Democratic nomination to challenger Royal Mayo. The unofficial tally in the precinct race showed Mayo with 58 votes and Dressel, 16.

Mayo, former president of the Steubenville Chapter of the NAACP and a longtime community activist, was ecstatic.

“Thank God, it’s about time,” Mayo said. “This is for my late mother, my family, my friends and everyone who supported me and believed in me.”

Cross Creek township’s 1 mill renewal levy also passed, with preliminary results showing 141 for renewal and 48 against. That levy is for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges in the township.

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