Issues: Look at what voters can expect


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



LIMA — In what is considered by many to be an “off-year” election, voters in the five-county greater Limaland area nonetheless face myriad issues on the Nov. 5 general election ballot that will affect their pocketbooks and the social fabric of their respective communities.

From tax levies for schools, villages and other governmental agencies to the Sunday sales of alcohol and an unlikely marijuana referendum, ballots facing voters in Allen, Putnam, Auglaize, Van Wert and Hardin counties are stocked with issues of all shapes and sizes.

Allen County Children Services is seeking the renewal of a 5-year, .75-mill levy that generates nearly $1.47 million annually for a host of programs and services offered to county residents.

Greg Sowinski, communications coordinator, stressed that the levy renewal is not a new tax and will not increase the tax burden of county residents if approved.

The levy was originally passed by county voters in 1985 and has been replaced and/or renewed six times since then. Since its initial passage, Children Serivces has not relied on funding from the county General Fund.

A fact sheet distributed by the agency says costs of programs under the Children Services umbrella have risen dramatically in recent years.

Voters in Elida will decide if the village council should have the authority to enter into a contract through the Ohio Municipal League to lock in rates for the purchase of electrical power.

Village Administrator Dave Metzger said voter approval of the measure would allow the council to enter into contracts ranging from one to three years in length in an attempt to secure the most favorable rates for village electric customers. Village residents would retain the option to enter into individual agreements and could opt out of the aggregate sale and purchase of electricity, Metzger.

“We’re trying to save the village residents some money,” Metzger said, noting that several surrounding communities have entered into similar agreements. “Speaking for the mayor and the council and myself, we think it’s a good idea to do this.”

In Putnam County, the Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery board is seeking voter approval of a 5-year, .7-mill property tax renewal for treatment and prevention services.

The levy is a renewal of the original levy which has been in existence since 1979 and is the tax that supports Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Services in Putnam County, according to Executive Director Jennifer Horstman.

The renewal will provide local financial support for Putnam County’s publicly funded behavioral health recovery system. The community behavioral health system in Putnam County provides affordable, high quality mental health care, alcohol and drug prevention services and treatment for over three thousand individuals of all ages residing in Putnam County.

“The demand for services has dramatically increased over the past 35 years,” Horstman said. “Over the last five years, Pathways Counseling Center has handled more than 3,739 cases for people with mental health and/or substance use issues. That is an 18% increase in clients served in three years.”

The other countywide issue in Putnam County is a 1.25-mill, 5-year renewal of a property tax levy for the countywide 9-1-1 system.

In Hardin County, voters countywide will be asked to approve a 1-mill, 5-year replacement tax levy for criminal justice services.

In one of the more unusual referendums, voters in the tiny Van Wert County of Wren will decide the fate of an issue to determine penalties for the possession of marijuana. The language of the ballot issue asks: “Shall the village of Wren adopt sensible marihuana ordinance which allows the lowest penalty for misdemeanor marijuana offense to the lowest penalty allowed by state law?”

THE ISSUES

ALLEN COUNTY

Countywide

Allen County Children Services is seeking a renewal of a .75-mill, 5-year levy for the purpose of supporting children.

Marion Township

Seeking a .35-mill, 5-year additional levy for fire protection and EMS services.

American G

Aldi Inc., Ohio, is seeking voter approval to obtain a D-6 liquor permit for the Sunday sale of wine and mixed beverages between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight at 3286 Elida Road, Lima.

Bath A

R&R Takhar Operations, doing business as Marathon, seeking voter approval to obtain a D-6 liquor permit for Sunday sale of wine and mixed beverages between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight at 4179 North West Street, Lima.

Village of Elida

Shall the Village of Elida have the authority to aggregate the retail electric loads located in the Village of Elida, and for that purpose, enter into service agreements to facilitate for those customers the sale and purchase of electricity, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out?

PUTNAM COUNTY

Countywide

0.7-mill, 5-year renewal of a property tax levy for the Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug treatment and prevention services

1.25-mill, 5-year renewal of a property tax levy for the countywide 9-1-1 system.

Village of Columbus Grove

2-mill, 5-year property tax renewal for fire equipment.

1-mill, 5-year property tax renewal for current expenses.

Village of Continental

3-mill, 5-year renewal of property tax levy for police protection

0.5-mill reduction, 5-year of existing property tax levy for current expenses.

0.5-mill, 5-year additional property tax levy for streets, roads, bridges and general construction and reconstruction.

Village of Kalida

1.40-mill, 5-year renewal of property tax levy for current expenses.

Village of Ottawa

1.30-mill, 5-year replacement levy for current expenses

Columbus Grove Local School District

.75%, 5-year income tax renewal for current expenses.

Jennings Local School District

Renewal of a .75% income tax for 5 years

Blanchard Township

1.7-mill, 5-year additional property tax tax levy for fire protection

Greensburg Township

Replacement tax levy not to exceed 1.5 mills for 5 years

Jackson Township

Renewals of a 1-mill, 5-year tax levy for current expenses

Renewal of a .5-mill, 5-year tax levy for road repairs

Jennings Township

2.5-mills, 5-year property tax renewal for general construction.

Palmer Township

2-mill, 5-year property tax renewal for street, road and bridge repair.

AUGLAIZE COUNTY

Village of Cridersville

2-mill, 4-year renewal levy for operating expenses.

Village of New Bremen

2-mill, 5-year replacement levy for fire protection and ambulance services

Dochouquet Township

2-year, 5-mill replacement levy for fire protection and ambulance services

German Township

1.25-mill, 5-year renewal levy for ambulance and/or EMS services

Noble Township

.7-mill, 5-year renewal levy for fire protection and EMS services

Union Township

3-mill additional levy for fire protection and EMS services for a continuing period of time

Wayne Township and Village of Waynesfield

1-mill, 5-year additional levy for fire protection and EMS services

Upper Valley Career Center

1.5 mill continuing levy for current expenses

VAN WERT COUNTY

Village of Middle Point

Renewal of a tax for current expenses not exceeding 1.3-mills for 5 years

Renewal of a tax for fire expenses not exceeding 3 mills for 5 years

Village of Ohio City /Liberty Township

Renewal not exceeding 5-mills for 5 years for fire and ambulance protection

Village of Willshire

3.0-mill, 5-year renewal for fire protection expenses

2.0-mill, 5-year renewal for current expenses

1.0-mill, 5-year renewal for current expenses

Shall the sale of wine and mixed beverages for off-premises consumption in the village be permitted?

Village of Wren

Renewal levy not exceeding 2-mills for 5 years for EMS services.

Shall the village of Wren adopt sensible marihuana ordinance which allows the lowest penalty for misdemeanor marijuana offense to the lowest penalty allowed by state law?

HARDIN COUNTY

Countywide

Hardin County Sheriff

1-mill, 5-year replacement tax levy for criminal justice services.

Ada Public Library

1-mill, 5-year additional levy for current expenses.

Ada-Liberty Joint Ambulance District

Renewal of a 1-mill, 5-year tax for providing emergency medical services

BKP Ambulance District

A replacement of a 1-mill of an existing levy AND an increase of 1 mill for 5 years for the benefit of providing ambulance and emergency medical service.

Forest-Jackson Public Library

A renewal of a .7-mill, 50year tax for the benefit of the library

Park District of Liberty Township

Renewal of a 1-mill, 5-year tax for park maintenance and improvements

Village of Alger

Shall ordinance No. 2018-6 proposing amending the number of meetings required per month from two to one be approved?

Blanchard Township/Village of Dunkirk

A 1.5-mill, 5-year additional tax for current operating expenses

Pleasant Township

Renewal of a .5-mill, 5-year tax for fire protection and emergency medical services

Taylor Creek Township

Shall the sale of spirituous liquor be permitted by Taylor Creek Distilling Co. at 12617 County Road 200, Kenton?

Ridgemont Local School District

Annual income tax of .75% for 5 years for current operating expenses

Riverdale Local School District

Annual income tax of 1% for 3 years to renew an income tax expiring at the end of 2020

Benjamin Logan School District

Annual income tax of 1.5% for a continuing period of time, for current operating expenses

Kenton 3rd Precinct

Bennett Enterprises LLL, doing business as Ralphies – is seeking a D-6 liquor permit for the Sunday sale of wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor at 995 N. Detroit, Kenton.

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By J Swygart

jswygart@limanews.com

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