Odds and ends from Election Day, Tuesday: Seventeen requests were made of voters all over Trumbull County to renew levies for roads, police and fire departments, senior services, garbage collection and one for permanent improvement funds for Lakeview School District.
Seventeen requests were granted.
Voters weren't so generous with their money when it came to new tax dollars, though, except for select groups.
Four of nine requests for additional money were rejected. Those included attempts to get more money to improve the county fairgrounds in Bazetta, funds to provide the financial backbone for a countywide public transportation system, emergency operating money for Howland schools and a bond issue to update schools in Weathersfield.
The additional cost to residents was outrageous. The owner of a home valued at $100,000 in Howland, for instance, was being asked to pay $171 for the 4.9 mill emergency operating levy for the schools. Weathersfield residents were being asked to pay $232 for a bond and school levy.
Across the county, the levies were less: about $7 a year for the fairground improvements and about $17 a year for transportation, again based on the $100,000 home.
Voters (taxpayers) are sending a loud and clear signal to public officials, but it's a signal that doesn't seem to be resonating.
School leaders in both districts have indicated a willingness to return the levies to the ballot. In Howland, it would be the second request and Weathersfield, the fourth time. So in other words, voters in Weathersfield schools have said ''no'' three times already and once already in Howland.
The chairman of the public transit levy, Niles Mayor Ralph Infante, also alluded to bringing the issue back before voters.
It appears the fairground levy is one and done.
There were some out there willing to pay more. All three requests for new money for libraries in Bristol, Kinsman and Newton Falls were approved by voters in those areas. The additional costs range from about $30 to $70 a year.
Voters in Orangeville also agreed to pay more to run the village and maintain roads there by approving replacement levies.
A replacement levy brings what the measure will generate in dollars in line with current property values.
The unofficial, incomplete election board returns also show that 15 incumbent officeholders lost their council, trustee and school board bids.
And in three races - Weathersfield and Niles boards of education and village council in Lordstown - two incumbents lost.