LIMA — The Ohio gubernatorial race might be demanding voters’ attention in the general election, but area voters will have a variety of local issues to decide too.
Allen County tentatively has six local issues on the ballot, including two requests for additional money and three renewal levies. The Elida Local School District’s 5.9 mill additional tax levy highlights that list.
Putnam County has the heaviest load, with 23 local issues, including five requests for additional money, four replacement levies and 12 renewal levies. That includes a countywide ballot to increase funding for mental health services.
Auglaize County has five local issues, including two new levies and a replacement. Voters will decide on funding for the county’s parks district.
Wednesday marked the filing deadline for issues for the November election. The county boards of elections still have to officially approve the ballot measures in the coming weeks.
Elida schools requested 5.9 mills of additional money to help fund the school. The request goes for five years.
Monroe Township seeks 1 mill of additional money, to pay the township’s current expenses.
Renewal levies are on the ballot for Allen County Children Services (0.75 mills, five years) and Cairo (2.5 mills, five years).
Allen County voters will also get a chance to choose a new state representative, as Republican Bob Cupp faces Democrat Bo Huenke for Ohio’s 4th House District seat. One of them will replace Matt Huffman, who can’t run again because of term limits.
The only contested county race in Allen County is for Probate/Juvenile Court judge. Incumbent Democrat Glenn Derryberry faces off against Republican Carlene Huston-Kinworthy, the wife of former Judge David Kinworthy, whose retirement in 2007 led to the appointment of Derryberry to the bench.
Incumbents Commissioner Greg Sneary, Auditor Rhonda Eddy-Stienecker and Treasurer Rachael Gilroy are all unopposed.
Auglaize County voters will decide on a 0.6 mill new levy for seven years to operate the Heritage Trails Park District.
Buckland residents must decide on a 4 mill additional levy for the village’s current expenses for five years. A replacement levy is on the ballot in Duchouquet Township for two years for five years.
Incumbents Judge Mark Spees, Commissioner Douglas Spencer and Auditor Janet Schuler have no competition in November.
Countywide, voters will decide on a pair of levies for the Putnam County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Addiction and Recovery Board. The five-year issue includes a renewal of a current 0.3 mill levy and an additional of 0.4 mills of new money.
West Leipsic voters have three different issues to consider, all asking for additional money. The village asked for replacements and increases for fire protection (1.25 and 0.25 mills) and street lights and current expenses (1.85 and 0.15 mills) for five years. The village will also ask for 3 additional mills for current expenses for the next five years.
Gilboa voters face an 11 mill request for three years to address new and current expenses.
Continental voters will decided on an additional 2.5 mills for five years for construction to repair roads, streets and bridges.
Liberty Township seeks 2 mills for five years of additional money for constructing, resurfacing and repairing roads.
Riley Township will ask voters for 2 mills for five years for road repairs.
Renewal requests include Columbus Grove Local School District (0.75 mills, five years), a pair from Columbus Grove village (1 mill for five years and 2 mills for five years), two from Continental village (1.7 mills for five years and 3 mills for five years), Jackson Township (0.5 mills, five years), Jennings Local School District (0.75 mills, five years), Jennings Township (2.5 mills, five years), Kalida village (1.4 mills, five years), Leipsic village (0.5 mills, 10 years), Putnam County E-911 (1.25 mills, five years), Ottoville village (1.3 mills, five years) and Palmer Township (2 mills, five years),
Fort Jennings voters have an electrical aggregation issue to consider.
Commissioner John Love, Auditor Robert Benroth, Juvenile and Probate Judge Michael Borer are all running uncontested for re-election.