Delta electric utility issue defeated

Levies in county approved

Staff Report

All but the most controversial of issues up for vote in Fulton County were passed during Tuesday’s elections.

Issue 8, the Village of Delta referendum for a municipal electric utility, was handily defeated 840-295. The village utility would have covered industries along the State Route 109 corridor.

Approved renewal levies included Delta’s 0.5-mill recreation levy, 710-417; Dover Township’s 1-mill fire and rescue levy, 503-105; Royalton Township’s 1-mill roads levy, 407-153; and Swancreek Township’s 1.5-mill and increase fire and EMS, 1,807-1,465.

A 0.7-mill operational levy for the Four County ADAMhs Board was approved 10,761-5,170 in Fulton County and was also approved overall.

Two replacement levies were also approved by voters: a 1-mill for roads in German Townships, 1,936-684, and a 0.4-mill for the cemetery in Gorham Township, 493-203.

A 1-mill additional fire and EMS levy in Fulton Township passed 699-565.

And Sunday alcohol sales of wine and mixed beverage between 10 a.m. and midnight were approved for an Archbold Drug Mart, 306-272.

Fulton County school districts with levies all fared well. An Evergreen Local Schools 0.5 percent income tax renewal and decrease won 1,664-1,440.

“We are thankful to the Evergreen community for their ongoing support of the district and the passage of this levy,” said Evergreen Schools Superintendent Eric Smola. “It is not often that school districts have the opportunity to reduce the taxes in their district, and we will continue to be conscientious of district resources and work to be good stewards of district finances.”

Pike-Delta-York schools passed a 6.65-mills substitute of the district’s current emergency levy 1,658-1,329. Doing a substitute levy instead of straight renewal allows the district to generate new dollars. This money comes from new construction and as tax abatements expire and become taxable. Taxes for current property owners do not increase.

PDY Superintendent Ted Haselman said, “We are extremely grateful for the support of the Pike-Delta-York Local School District from our community members. The passage of this Substitute Levy will allow us to continue to provide a quality education to our students. As a district, we will continue to strive to be fiscally responsible and fully intend to continue to make our PDY community proud.”

Wauseon Village Exempted Schools won a renewal of its 3.99-mill emergency levy 2,241-1,293.

“On behalf of the Wauseon Board of Education, I would like to thank the entire Wauseon school community for their support of the 3.99-mill, eight-year renewal levy for our schools,” Superintendent Larry Brown said. “I was especially pleased to see that the emergency levy renewal passed in each of the nine precincts for the Wauseon Exempted Village Schools. This straight renewal levy assessment does not raise the total dollar amount collected from taxes. It will permit us to continue the educational programming that we have offered to our students in recent years.”

Statewide, Issue 1, which would have lessened penalties for drug possession, was soundly defeated.
Levies in county approved

Staff Report