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Voters sink Barberton Police levy

Norton approves primary move

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

There weren’t enough outstanding votes left to save Barberton’s proposed police levy.

With only two precincts left to count in  the Nov. 8 General Election, the proposed capital improvement measure was going down 3,491 to 2,759, an almost 56% loss.

“There’s never a good time to ask voters to increase taxes,” Mayor William Judge said. “Issue 16 was for capital expenses only for the Barberton Police Department. I’ll continue to work with my staff and city council to decide next steps.”

Liquor options in wards 1 and 4 of the Magic City passed handily.

In Norton, the only local option was a charter amendment moving the primary election date permanently to May to match surrounding municipalities. It sailed home at 3,544 to 778 in favor, an 82% margin.

With more than two-thirds of the vote counted statewide, Mike DeWine was cruising to another term as governor and J.D. Vance appeared to be on his way to take over Senator Rob Portman’s seat. Emilia Sykes had the edge in the 13th U.S. House district.

Patricia Goetz was edging out Kristina Roegner for the state Senate representing our area. For state House, changed after the 2020 Census, Bob Young was in the lead for District 32, which includes Barberton. Norton is in District 31 and had Rita Darrow in the lead.

State issues 1 and 2, allowing judges to consider public safety in setting bond and prohibiting municipalities to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections had unassailable leads at this writing.


  1. FETTERMAN 2024!!! on November 11, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Hello, goodnight……..🤡🌎

  2. Red state on November 11, 2022 at 6:08 am

    With 8 blue monkey pox like counties. You just gotta vote harder America!! What a sham! I and millions of others called it. Your votes are worthless and your elections couldn’t be further from free and fair. We’ve allowed communism to take over by not doing anything. When I used the name Proud American that was obvious sarcasm. Where’s our woke military when you need them?

  3. AmyO on November 10, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Based on the comments, it looks like people need to do some research on what defund the police means. (Spoiler alert…that’s not what a tax Levy not getting passed accomplishes.)

  4. Anonymous on November 9, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    Dont defund the police

  5. WHAT??? on November 9, 2022 at 7:05 am

    So now the Magic City has joined the Defund the Police movement? How very Democtatesque!!!

  6. No More Taxes on November 9, 2022 at 6:41 am

    Good! People can’t afford MORE now.

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