Reynoldsburg and Truro Township voters rejected Issue 47, the township’s five-year, 0.75-mill operating levy Nov, 5 and elected former Truro Township firefighter Mike Shirey as a new trustee.
The tax issue failed by a healthy margin, with 2,429 votes or 63.54 percent against it and 1,394 or 36.46 percent for the tax issue, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
Township Administrator Jason Nicodemus said the 0.75-mill levy would have generated about $348,000 per year and would have cost homeowners an additional $26.25 per year in taxes for each $100,000 in home valuation.
Shirey ran against incumbents Dennis Nicodemus and Barb Strussion for two open seats on the township board of trustees. He got the most votes, 1,960 or 37.62 percent, followed by Strussion, at 31.25 percent or 1,628 votes and Nicodemus, with 31.13 percent or 1,622 votes.
Strussion said late on Nov. 5 that she thought the vote totals were too close between her and Nicodemus to know who won the seat.
Nicodemus, 55, is president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 683. He was first appointed to serve as township trustee in December 2002.
Strussion, 70, has been a Truro Township trustee for 16 years.
She said the levy vote was “extremely disappointing.”
“In my opinion, I think we will have to go back to the voters,” she said. “Our general fund is the heartbeat of our township and there are mandated things we have to pay, so we need more revenue.”
Shirey, 54, recently retired after 34 years as a firefighter and fire/arson investigator for Truro Township.
“I feel really good about being elected as a trustee,” he said. “I really think that I can make a difference.
“I know the levy went down but I think we may be able to find some reductions and savings,” he added. “I think there are cuts that can be made. We may have to tighten our belts more, but I think we can find some savings.”