Fall ballot includes new levies and attempt to dissolve village

August 8, 2012

LIMA — The region’s ballots this November will include an attempt to dissolve a the village of Uniopolis, extend City Council terms in Wapakoneta and a nearly 6-mill combined permanent improvement and operating levy for Lima schools.

Two high profile initiative petitions, to dissolve the village of Fort Shawnee and a referendum on the Putnam County commissioners’ decision to expand Road 5, have different deadlines and can still be filed in time for the November ballot.

The deadline to file issues for the Nov. 6 ballot was Wednesday. Election boards still must certify many of the issues filed with them.

In Allen County, Lima and Elida schools will ask voters for new money. Lima returns with the same issue that narrowly failed last month. The five-year, 5.99-mill combined operating and permanent-improvement levy will raise $1.38 million for operations and $462,889 for permanent improvements.

In the county:

• Elida schools voters will see a five-year, 0.75 percent earned-income tax on the ballot. It will raise $2.06 million a year for operations and keep the district out of deficit spending, where it is headed in two years.

• Apollo Career Center will ask for 1 mill to pay its share of a renovation and expansion project. The project would improve both the high school and adult education programs. The request includes its share of the state project, locally-funded initiatives and permanent-improvement money. Residents in Ada, Allen East, Bath, Bluffton, Columbus Grove, Elida, Hardin Northern , Perry, Shawnee, Spencerville, and Wapakoneta schools will see the issue on their ballots.

• Shawnee and Spencerville schools both have renewal levies on the ballot. Spencerville is an income tax for operations and Shawnee’s attempt is for permanent improvements.

• Elida village voters will see an issue for electricity aggregation.

• Fort Shawnee voters will see an additional tax levy for 3.25 mills and five years for operating expenses. The village has said this is money it needs to remain solvent. Voters are also expected to have the alternative issue on their ballots, an attempt to dissolve the village.

• Sugar Creek Township voters will see an additional tax levy of two mills for five years for current expenses.

In Putnam County, the elections board will handle 23 issues for the county, villages, townships and school districts, including:

• Putnam County voters seeing an additional 0.69 mill, five-year tax levy for fire protection.

• Ottawa voters will see a tax levy renewal for fire protection and issues for electric and gas aggregation.

• Ottawa schools will ask voters to approve a permanent-improvement renewal levy and Pandora-Gilboa schools will seek a renewal levy for current expenses.

• Kalida voters will see a wind turbine advisory on their ballots.

In Auglaize County, Uniopolis voters will see a ballot issue to dissolve the village. Earlier this year, councilors facing budget cuts from the state decided to work toward dissolving the village rather than seek a 10-mill levy needed to keep the village running.

Also, Wapakoneta voters will see two issues, one to change the term of council president from two years to four years, beginning in 2014; and another changing the terms of council members from two years to four years.