Owen Cooper, Lauren Hoffman, Hayden Lowstetter, Christina Yuhasz and James Wade
JRNM 151

Lorain resident Nancy Fly is among those disappointed over the defeat of Issue 1. 
 “We need to have state-of-the-art equipment in a nice location, but as of now, we don’t have that,” argued Fly, referring to the crime lab’s location in the County Administration building’s basement on Middle Avenue.
The 0.03-mill Crime/Drug Lab levy lost by 1,561 votes — 20,290 (48 percent) to 21,851 (52 percent), according to unofficial results published by Lorain County Board of Elections. The five-year levy, costing $10.50 on a $100,000 home, would have generated $2.3 million per year. 
Judy Sheriff agreed with Fly. The Elyria resident said a new lab would help solve more crimes. “As a resident of Lorain County, where crime is on the rise, I feel a more updated and intubated facility is needed in our area,” Sheriff said, adding the levy should be publicized more in the future than it was done during this election.
Paul Adams, director of Lorain County Board of Elections, echoed similar views. “The issue seems underreported and could possibly be the reason for its failure,” Adams said. “There are committees that give out info and put out signs for the levies, and no known committee was formed around Issue 1. This is the reason for no (yard) signs.”
 Another reason for the levy’s failure was the low voter turnout. The board of elections predicted a turnout of 25 – 30 percent with a slightly higher turnout of 40 percent in Vermillion due to the contested mayoral race. 
Amherst resident Brett Thompson admitted that he didn’t know what Issue 1 was for. “I typically vote for anything to do with schools and public services,” Thompson said.
Too much taxation was a turn-off for Grafton resident Jerry Higgins.
Higgins said there was already enough tax, and “the money just hasn’t been given to the correct areas. The county should “stop coming to people for more money.” 
Elyria resident Kathy Gittinger echoed similar views. “There are already so many other taxes. It’s simply just hard to afford another,” Gittinger said.
Liz Snizek, another Elyria resident, also voted against Issue I. Snizek’s reason for opposing the issue was “that isn’t something we need to focus on right now. We have more important things to deal with first and foremost.” 
However, Katherine Viancourt voted for Issue I at the Spitzer Center polling precinct at Lorain County Community College campus. Viancourt claimed the crime/drug lab would benefit law enforcement officials. It helps with “what the officers do” and would have provided the support needed for them. 
Mary Goetz, who also voted at the same precinct, said she supported Issue 1 because it “made sense” for funds for law enforcement. Besides, it was not expensive for taxpayers considering the other issues.