(Cleveland)- Cuyahoga County leaders including Executive Ed FitzGerald and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson are supporting the renewal of the property tax levy that funds the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.

They stood on the bands of the Cuyahoga River Tuesday at ArcelorMittal steel plant to launch the "Keep Our Port Strong" campaign for the 0.13 mill property tax levy.

"The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority is our county's 'prosperity toolkit,' and we are here today to ask voters to support it," says FitzGerald. "The port connects local businesses to the world and helps them compete in the global economy. It provides us with economic development services we can't find anywhere else and it won't increase your taxes. We have these tools to continue building a brighter future for Cuyahoga County."

(Photo by Colleen O'Neill/WTAM 1100)

"Lake Erie has always been Cleveland's most vital natural asset and an economic lifeline to the world," says Jackson. "Since 1825, the Port of Cleveland has served an essential role in growing Cleveland and the region. Today, we continue to support the Port of Cleveland for its ability to strengthen our economy and our harbor as well as position us for our future."

The port and the businesses that depend on it employ 18,000 people and supports $1.8 billion in economic activity annually.

The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $3.50 a year.

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