Voters support new firehouse in Columbus Grove

COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove voters supported a 20-year, 1.23-mill levy that will allow the newly formed Columbus Grove/Pleasant Township Joint Fire District to build a new firehouse, estimated to cost $1.6 million.

The bond issue won with 66% of voters supporting it. An associated levy for the joint fire district won by a similar margin of 1,164 to 411, according to unofficial results from the Putnam County Board of Elections.

All results are unofficial until certified by the Putnam County Board of Elections. The county had 63.51% voter turnout, an impressive tally for a non-presidential election.

In general, most issues on the ballot Tuesday in Putnam County passed, including a pair of countywide issues.

The Putnam County Council on Aging’s 0.6 mill replacement levy, which was an increase from its previous amount, passed with flying colors, with 74% of voters approving it.

The Putnam County General Health District also saw its 0.5-mill renewal levy pass, with 72% of voters saying yes to it.

The only issue to fail in Putnam County was Pandora-Gilboa schools’ 3.15 mill request for additional money to help fund permanent improvements. Only 42% of voters said they were in favor of it, with 58% saying no. The school district’s renewal request for its 0.75% income tax did pass, with 56% of voters saying yes to the 10-year renewal to pay for current expenses.

Ottawa-Glandorf voters said OK to a five-year renewal of that district’s 1.5 mill levy for permanent improvements by a 2-to-1 margin.

Jackson Township residents narrowly approved a 5 mill additional levy for road repairs in the township, with just 14 votes deciding the issue, with 52% in favor and 48% opposed. A 0.5 mill renewal levy in the township passed more easily, by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.