Jefferson Township

Fire levy appears to pass, but roads levy fails


Jefferson Township’s 2-mill levy for fire protection was passing, but the 1.5-mill levy for streets and roads was too close to call as of press deadline early Wednesday morning.

With 19 of 26 precincts reporting, the fire levy was passing 3,011 to 1,752, and the road levy was failing 2,147 to 1,882 with eight of 15 precincts reporting.

Township administrator Tom Spring said this election marked the first attempt at a levy exclusively for roads.

“If we get a closer result, that’s encouraging,” he said.

Spring said the township has lost only one fire levy in more than 20 years.

“That’s a good track record,” he said. “It will allow us to be able to respond to our citizens’ emergency, medical and fire needs.”

The 2-mill renewal levy for fire protection is expected to generate $900,772 annually for five years. It will cost $61.25 per year for every $100,000 of assessed property value.

The 1.5-mill additional levy for streets and roads would generate $600,175.95 annually for five years and would cost $45.94 annually for every $100,000 of assessed property value.

According to unofficial election results, a liquor option in Jefferson Township Precinct A was approved 574 to 212 for Sunday sales from 10 a.m. to midnight at Flanagan’s Pub, 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road in Blacklick.

A liquor option was approved by voters in Gahanna Precinct 2D by a vote of 254 to 135 for Sunday sales from 10 a.m. to midnight at O’Toole’s Irish Pub, 258 Granville St.