Voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, approve property tax increase to fund health and human services

On Tuesday, voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, approved the Issue 33 ballot measure, which increased the county’s property tax to provide funding for health and human or social services. Under Issue 33, the property tax is increased from $390 to $470 per $100,000 of assessed property value. In Ohio, assessed property value for taxation is set at 35% of market value.

Issue 33 had the support of U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge (D) and Marcy Kaptur (D), as well as Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

In Cleveland, which is located in Cuyahoga County, voters approved Issue 5, Issue 6, and Issue 7. All three measures were put on the ballot by the Cleveland City Council.

  • Issue 5 amended the city charter to be in accord with state law on the electronic tabulation of ballots.
  • Issue 6 limited the annual salary increase of city council members to the percentage increase in salary of a majority of city-recognized unions.
  • Issue 7 amended the city charter to allow the first city council meeting in January to be held on the first business day if the first Monday is on a legal holiday.
Additional reading:
Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Issue 33, Health and Human Services Tax Increase (April 2020)
Cleveland, Ohio, Issue 5, Election Procedure Charter Amendment (April 2020)
Cleveland, Ohio, Issue 6, City Council Salary Limit Charter Amendment (April 2020)
Cleveland, Ohio, Issue 7, First Meeting of City Council Charter Amendment (April 2020)