If you ask many residents, they will tell you that the benefits of living in the city of Steubenville include excellent police and fire protection, well-maintained streets and a good municipal court system.
Members of the community will have a chance to ensure those services will continue when they head to the polls on Nov. 6 and vote "yes" on the renewal of the city's 5-mill operating levy.
The levy, which was originally passed in the 1960s, has been renewed every five years by city residents. An emphasis is on renewal, and its passage will not lead to additional taxes.
Listed as Issue 3 on the ballot, the levy generates about $575,000 per year, or about 4.6 percent of the city's $12.5 million general fund budget.
In addition to police and fire services, street maintenance and municipal court, money generated by the levy helps the health department, recreation services, street lighting and the engineering and building departments. All of these services are essential if the city is going to continue to grow.
A "no" vote would force the city to make cuts in its services, which would harm opportunities for future growth.
Residents of the city have continually seen the value the money generated from the levy provides and have responded by voting for its renewal when asked.
In our view, there's no reason to take a step back, and that's why we urge a "yes" vote on Steubenville's 5-mill renewal levy.