For a second time this year Norton residents will vote on an issue about water and sewer line fees. This time it will be in a special election. Summit County Elections Director Joe Masich says the board certified that petitions for a proposed charter amendment had obtained the required number of signatures to qualify it for the ballot. But the deadline for the issue to appear on the November 5th general election ballot had already passed. That means a special election possibly on November 12th .
Masich says it would be possible but difficult and more expensive to stage a special election only days after the general election.
Masich says it would cost Norton over $20,000 to hold a special election for the issue. Norton resident William Paluch circulated the petition. The issue would cap sewer and water construction and connection costs at no more than 5,000 per homeowner, with the city of Norton picking up the tab after that.
Norton residents recently defeated a similar proposed charter amendment on August 6th that would have eliminated water and sewer line assessments and capped charges.