The May 3rd primary is fast approaching and that means new levies across the valley will be hitting the ballots.
 
However, due to inflation, city leaders may have a hard time getting voters to check the "yes" box.
 
"If people feel their money has less value in the market place...they' react out of fear," says Jeff Hedrich, president of The Prodigal Marketing Company.
 
That fear presents concerns for the near-dozen communities introducing new levies. 
 
"Seniors turn out to vote in the greatest portion of voters.  They're also the greatest portion of fixed incomes," he added.
 
Campbell is introducing a new police levy which will see competitive wages for officers, something ARP funds can't cover. This at a time where finding and retaining employees is near impossible.
 
"We tend to become a training ground for officers where come here, learn, get some experience, and then they leave us to go to better paying departments," said Lt. Kevin Sferra of the Campbell Police department.
 
Struthers schools are replacing an expired levee that built the elementary and high schools and remodeled the middle schools with an additional five-year levy that will help to maintain the facilities at no extra cost to the taxpayers.
 
"The buildings are 20 years old and you think about your house...you need roofs, update HVAC systems, carpet, paint," says Pete Pirone, superintendent of Struthers City Schools.
 
Jeff Hedrich says communities will have to put more effort in assuring tax payers of the rational benefits that comes approving these levies.
 
"I think what you have to do in this case is actually pull a little less on the heart strings, not that that's not important and a little more on how responsible you are with the money, like specifically what it's going to do and how you've managed the money," Hedrich added.