Voters in Norton are heading to the polls today to decide on a sewer issue that has sharply divided the city.
If passed, Issue 1 would end sewer assessments in the city and cap monthly sewer bills.
But the Ohio EPA has ordered repairs to the sewer system, and Mayor Mike Zita said while he isn't threatening cuts, the money for the repairs will have to come from the general fund without the assessments.
"What comes out of the general fund is the police department, the secretary-clerical division, and the streets and road division of our city," he said.
If the measure passes, Zita says the sewers would eat up half of the city's budget.
William Paluch from the group Citizens 4 Norton says the fees imposed on some citizens for sewers if Issue 1 fails would be costly.
"You can't expect people to pay an extra $200 a month for sewers," he said.
For some homeowners, Paluch has said the cost of sewer replacement would run more than $20,000.
The primary supporters of Issue 1 are from the Nash Heights neighborhood. The Ohio EPA found unhealthy levels of E. coli in sewage that overflowed into area waterways.
Zita and city leadership have been actively campaigning against the ballot issue.