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Upcoming renewal levy could maintain or hurt Steubenville services

The City of Steubenville is placing a renewal levy on the ballot, and they are urging residents to pass it.

The City of Steubenville is placing a renewal levy on the ballot, and they are urging residents to pass it.

A renewal levy, means it needs to be put to a vote every 5 years. The good news for residents: there will be no increase to taxes,

Officials are optimistic about its passing, but fear the consequences if it doesn't.

"If the levy didn't pass, cuts would have to be made across the board,” said Jim Mavromatis, Steubenville city manager. "It would devastate the city."

That would be the harsh reality for Steubenville city officials if the $5 million renewal levy didn't pass. Mavromatis says both administration and residents would feel it.

For example, services would either be cut or slowed down, he said.

The levy accounts for more than $630,000 of the general fund.

"32 percent goes to the police, 25 percent to the fire, our general operating cost, administration, municipal court, recreation, building and planning and street lighting,” Mavromatis said.

More than 50 percent goes to Steubenville Police and Fire. Without that funding, endeavors like the new four-man police task force would be unattainable.

"Putting these four people to specialize the focus on these specific areas is going to help there,” Mavromatis said. “If we had to take a cut of over 200 grand here, I couldn't have had that. We'd be down on the man power without question."

Mavromatis says the city has always seen good support from its residents

"I think the citizens truly understand the importance of this levy, and how it affects this city for services," he said. “The city does need it. They have been gracious in the past, and I ask them to do the same thing now."

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