Absentee voting begins Tuesday for the May 7 Primary election. Only a few new money issues are on the ballot throughout the region.
New voters have until October 7 to register.
A look at the issues follows:
Allen County residents will vote on an additional 0.1 percent sales and use tax for providing transportation service.
The Allen County Regional Transit Authority’s May sales tax would raise $1.6 million for the transit authority annually and would reinstate weekend and night routes, which were cut in 2018 and resulted in decreased ridership numbers throughout last year. The sales tax levy is the only countywide decision on the ballot for the primary election on May 7.
If voters reject a levy that would increase Allen County’s sales tax rate by 0.1 percent, the Allen County Regional Transit Authority will have to prepare for a shutdown, ACRTA Executive Director Sheila Haney previously stated.
Residents of Wapakoneta will vote on a a 5- year, $1 million tax levy. This would provide new money to add officers and other safety measures in the school district.
Putnam County new money issues include a proposed tax levy renewal for St. Marys CSD of $5.92 million over 5 years and a proposed tax levy for Parkway LSD of $1.5 million over 5 years.
Returning primary election issues include Allen East Local School District, $2.75 million levy renewal and general permanent improvement; Bath Township, $3 million levy renewal, fire and emergency services 5 years; Bluffton Exempted Village School District, 0.5percent income tax renewal, permanent improvements, 3 years; Bluffton Exempted Village School District, levy renewal 4.244 million avoiding an operating deficit 5 years; Delphos City School District, levy renewal $5.5 million current expenses 5 years and level renewal 2.25 million, general permanent improvements, 5 years.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.