ST. MARYS — Voters in the St. Marys City School District soundly rejected a 5-year, 1.5-percent tax on earned income.
The levy failed 59 to 40 percent.
“I’m obviously disappointed. The board really doesn’t want to have to go back for new monies, but it’s a need. It’s not a want. If people in the community want the programs that are offered at St. Marys, then we have to operate those,” said Howard Overman, interim superintendent for St. Marys City Schools.
One voter called the levy too rash.
“I voted no. I believe it was a bit rash to come out with one and a half percent. They should have done it more progressively. You’ve got to run it (the school district) like a business. I can’t afford another one and a half percent. It’s quite a bit to ask for. They’re not running the school properly,” said Alex Dammeyer.
Richard Hile disagreed. “I want to support the schools, the economy is up so we ought to be able to pay a little bit more,” he said.
Doug Spencer easily retained his Auglaize County Commissioner seat, defeating fellow Republican and St. Marys Mayor Patrick McGowan with 70 percent of the vote.
Because there were no Democrats running in the primary, Spencer will run unopposed in the November election.
“I’m very excited and very relieved that the voters of Auglaize County afforded me another opportunity to serve as their county commissioner,” said Spencer.
“Auglaize County is a great county, supported by the residents, great industry, great ag roots so we’ve got a lot of great things going for the county, things we definitely have to keep an eye on are any more potential cuts for the local governments that’s what I see as our number one objective that we have to keep an eye on,” he said.
McGowan’s negative campaign turned off one voter.
“Mr. McGowan came to me about voting for him and didn’t have great things to say about Mr. Spencer and I thought that was a character flaw (of McGowan),” said Jim Keiser.
WG approves renewal
Voters in the Waynesfield-Goshen School District approved a renewal of a 4.9 mill 5-year permanent improvement levy by a 70 to 30 percent margin.
This levy was first passed in 1989.
The money raised by passage of the levy goes to help with maintenance of school properties and can not be used for salaries.
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