Reynoldsburg

Fire levy, three charter amendments approved

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Reynoldsburg residents gave a big thumbs up Nov. 6 to Issue 46, the 3.9-mill Truro Township fire levy.

Voters also approved three out of four Reynoldsburg charter amendments.

With all 24 precincts reporting at midnight Nov. 6, the fire levy passed by a vote of 6,696, or 56.55 percent, for the tax issue to 5,144 votes, or 43.45 percent, against the issue, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Issue 46 will cost homeowners an additional $119 per year in taxes for each $100,000 in property value and will generate $1.8 million per year for the Truro Township Fire Department, Administrative Battalion Chief Jeff Sharps said.

Fire Chief Steve Hein said the tax revenue will be used to continue emergency services for the next six to eight years and to staff a full-time paramedic ambulance on the west side of Truro Township. He said prior to the election the levy is not about increasing staff levels or increasing firefighters’ incomes.

Voters approved a city charter amendment that means Reynoldsburg will no longer be mandated to  hold a primary election if there are no contested races. The tally was with 55.96 percent, or 6,034 votes, in favor of the amendment and 44.04 percent, or 4,748 votes, against the amendment, with 23 of 23 precincts reporting at midnight.

Voters turned down a charter amendment that would have allowed the city attorney to serve as legal counsel for Reynoldsburg City Schools. With all precincts reporting, the final unofficial county from the board of elections was 53.16 percent, or 5,108 votes, against the amendment and 46.84 percent, or 4,501 votes, for it.

Voters approved a third charter amendment that will prohibit the city development director from voting as a member of the planning commission. The vote was 59.01 percent, or 6,050 votes, for the amendment and 40.99 percent, or 4,203 votes, against it.

Voters also approved a charter amendment preventing the city development director from voting as a member of the Reynoldsburg Board of Zoning Appeals, with 58.33 percent or 5,976 votes for the amendment and 40.99 percent, or 4,203 votes, against it.

Two Reynoldsburg City Council members running for higher offices, however, were unsuccessful in their bids on Nov. 6.

Republican Chris Long, running for the 3rd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, was defeated by Democrat Joyce Beatty, who received 68.22 percent of the vote, or 180,705 votes. Long received 26.56 percent, or 70,360 votes by midnight on

Nov. 6, with 584 of 601 precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Councilman Nathan Burd, also a Republican, was defeated by Democrat Heather Bishoff in the race for the 20th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. Bishoff received 58.54 percent of the vote, or 26,482 votes, to Burd’s 41.46 percent, or 18,756 votes, with 97 of 107 precincts reporting, at midnight on Nov. 6.

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