WAPAKONETA — When voters head to the polls for the May primary, there will be a multitude of issues but few contested races up for grabs.
In Allen County, there is a mix of renewal and replacement levies and a couple of requests for new money.
Apollo Career Center is making another attempt at passing a three-part levy that totals 1 mill to fund a renovation and expansion project that 56 percent of voters turned down in November. The bond issues, each for 30 years, would fund the school construction and permanent improvement requirements while the final .19 mill of the request would fund the renovations.
Elida schools are following up an income tax levy defeat in November with a 5.95 mill additional property tax for five years. The schools also are seeking a 1 mill permanent improvement levy for five years.
Allen County voters will be asked to support a .75 mill replacement levy for 10 years to support current expenses at the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District.
Voters in Lima will be asked to support a series of city charter amendments while Lima schools seek a 7.677 mill renewal levy for 10 years for emergency requirements.
The only potentially contested race in Allen County is for the 1st Ward council seat in Delphos, where Republicans Andrew Daley and Andrew Knueve filed.
In Auglaize County, St. Marys schools are seeking two additional levies. The first is a 5 mill additional levy for five years for necessary requirements of the school district. The district also is seeking a 1 percent additional income tax for five years for current expenses.
Voters in the Waynesfield-Goshen school district will be asked to support a 4.9 mill renewal permanent improvement levy for five yars.
In Buckland, the village is seeking a 4 mill additional tax levy for five years for fire and EMS service.
There are five candidates running for three spots in the Republican primary for at-large council seats in St. Marys. Incumbents Jim Harris and Bob Fitzgerald filed along with newcomers Russell A. Bailey, Todd Fleagle and Dan Uhlenhake.
There also are two Republicans running for the 2nd Ward council seat in St. Marys. In that race, two newcomers, David A. Lunz and Cameron Ruppert have filed.
In Hardin County, Ada schools are seeking a .75 percent additional income tax for 7 years for current expenses.
Voters in the Upper Scioto Valley school district are being asked to support two levies. The first is a 3.1 mill replacement levy for five years. The second is a 1.7 mill additional levy for three years for permanent improvements.
In Liberty Township, voters will be asked to support a 1 mill renewal levy for five years for fire service.
In Blanchard Township, voters will be asked to support a 1.8 mill replacement levy for five years for current expenses, along with a 1.8 mill replacement levy for five years for cemetery upkeep.
Van Wert County
Voters in Van Wert will be asked to support a 1.2 mill bond issue for 25 years for the design, construction and equipping of an aquatic center.
Van Wert schools are seeking a 1 percent income tax on a continuing basis for current expenses.
Two Republicans have filed for the Van Wert council president seat: Ken Mengerink and Pete Weir. Two Republicans also are seeking the 3rd Ward council seat: Stuart Jewett and Jerry Mazur. Four Republicans have filed for three at-large council seats, including incumbents Stan Agler and Brent Crone along with newcomers Kirby Kelly and Jon Tomlinson.