May 8, 2013
LIMA — All non-education tax issues in Allen County passed in Tuesday’s election, much to the relief of Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District and Perry Township officials.
The levy replacement was essential for the Allen County parks. The replacement levy will provide more than $1.1 million a year, about 80 percent of the Johnny Appleseed budget. It passed with 72.2 percent of the vote.
“We are obviously thankful.; That was the widest margin we’ve ever had for a levy,” said Kevin Haver, executive director of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Parks District. “We feel that sends a message to those people supporting the park.”
Haver said the money will mostly be for repairs and maintenance; more money would be needed to build and expand. The levy, for a $50,000 home, will cost $11.49 per year.
In Perry Township, the levy on the ballot narrowly passed by 10 votes. There were 209 people who voted for the levy, about 51.2 percent, and 199 who voted against. The levy will provide nearly $93,000 per year for the municipality. Funds will go toward operating expenses such as personnel, equipment and road and building repairs.
“Funds from this levy can be used for any expense incurred by the township,” Norman Capps, a Perry Township trustee, wrote in a previously statement. "Passage of this levy will help to keep the finances in a more stable position.”
Capps was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.
With Allen County votes counted, 87.5 percent of people voted in favor of the Delphos Public Library tax levy. Van Wert County numbers were not available at press time Tuesday.
In Delphos, 1st Ward council candidate Andrew Knueve won his primary by 26 votes. It was a relief for him. He won Tuesday’s election with 126 votes, about 56 percent of the vote, against Andrew Daley, who had 100 votes.
“It feels great that it happened,” Knueve said.
He will be running unopposed in November’s election for the council seat. Until then, he’s going to be keeping a close eye on Delphos politics, particularly water and sewer issues.
“I want to keep continuing to go to the city council meetings, keep up with what’s going on,” he said. “I want to make sure I am as up to speed before things hopefully become official.”
Lima's city charter amendments on the ballot Tuesday passed easily, 74.3 percent to 25.7 percent.
Most Lima officials ran unopposed in both the May elections and will be unopposed in November's election. That includes 1st Ward candidate Todd Gordon, 3rd Ward Councilman Jesse J. Lowe II, 5th Ward Councilwoman Teresa Adams and 7th Ward candidate C. Ann Miles. Lima Auditor Randall S. Bartels, Lima Director of Law Tony Geiger and Lima Municipal Court Clerk Jim Link are also unopposed officials.
There will be a race for Lima mayor, however. Incumbent David Berger will face Doug Vermillion in November's general election.