Issues highlight May ballot in Fulton County


By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@civitasmedia.com



There will be no candidates on the ballot this May but Fulton County residents will have issues on which to decide.

Per the charter of the City of Wauseon, the requirements to hold a May primary for the City Council race were not met. Wauseon could have held a primary on May 2 but there were not enough candidates.

“According to the Wauseon Charter, they needed 7 petitions filed in order to have a Primary election. Only 3 petitions were filed, so they will be certified directly to the November Ballot,” said Melanie Gilders, Fulton County Board of Elections director.

Petitions to run for Wauseon City Council were filed by Rick Frey, Stephen Schneider, and Harold Stickley. Three seats are expiring at the end of this year, including Frey’s. Current council members Heather Kost and Jon Schamp have not filed petitions to run.

There will be one countywide issue on the ballot. The Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities will seek a 2-mill renewal and 0.6-mill increase for services and facilities for five years.

Voters in Delta will decide on a trio of renewal levies. There will be two 5-year, 0.5-mill renewals for fire protection.

There will also be a 5-year, 5-mill renewal levy for police protection decided on by voters.

For voters in the Swanton area, there will be two issues on the ballot on May 2. Village residents will decide whether to increase the village income tax from 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent.

“As an elected official, I want to maintain the level of services our community has come to expect and move forward as a village,” said Swanton Councilman Michael Rochelle. “We all have experienced costs that have increased since 1989 and it becomes necessary to increase funding for the village too.”

Voters in the entire school district will see a 5-year, 4.45-mill renewal levy for emergency requirements. The levy raises a fixed amount of $825,000 each year.

In Chesterfield Township, residents will vote on a 5-year, 0.7-mill replacement levy for fire and EMS protection.

Clinton Township voters will decide on a 5-year, 0.5-mill renewal levy for Wauseon Union Cemetery. In German Township, voters are asked to approve a 5-year, 0.5-mill renewal levy for fire protection.

By Drew Stambaugh

dstambaugh@civitasmedia.com

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010.

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