Jefferson Township voters will see several issues on the ballot Nov. 6, including a 2-mill levy for fire protection and a 1.5-mill levy for streets and roads.

Jefferson Township voters will see several issues on the ballot Nov. 6, including a 2-mill levy for fire protection and a 1.5-mill levy for streets and roads.

The Franklin County Board of Elections finalized the general election ballot Aug. 20, certifying 18 issues, 39 liquor options and five nonpartisan state school board candidates for the general election.

Township administrator Tom Spring said the 2-mill renewal levy for fire protection would generate $900,772.56 annually for five years, beginning in 2012. It will be voted on townshipwide and would cost $61.25 annually for every $100,000 of assessed property value.

The levy itself would be applied to 2012 taxes, but collection would begin in 2013, according to Spring.

The 1.5-mill additional levy for streets and roads would generate $600,175.95 annually for five years, beginning in 2012.

Spring said the road levy would be voted on in the unincorporated area (road district) only. It would cost $45.94 annually for every $100,000 of assessed property value.

Spring said the township has no voted levies for anything other than fire.

The 1.5-mill road levy would allow the township to begin to address a backlog of crumbling roads that resulted from lack of adequate funds to fix them, he said.

"The levy also would allow the township to begin preventive maintenance on the township's other roads to reduce the rate of deterioration and the associated higher costs that result from deferred maintenance," Spring said.

Jefferson Township has the second-highest miles (46 miles) of township roads to maintain in Franklin County and receives the second-lowest amount of funding per mile in gas taxes among the 17 townships. Prairie Township has the most roads to maintain and receives the lowest distribution of gas-tax dollars per mile.

Jefferson has failed at prior attempts to pass a 2-mill levy for roads. The most recent try in March failed 63.7 percent to 36.3 percent.

A liquor option also is proposed in Jefferson Township Precinct A for Sunday sales from 10 a.m. to midnight at Flanagan's Pub, 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road in Blacklick.

A liquor option will be on the ballot for Gahanna Precinct 2-D for Sunday sales from 10 a.m. to midnight at O'Toole's Irish Pub, 258 Granville St. in Gahanna.

Gahanna at-large council member Ryan Jolley (D) is in a race for the 19th Ohio House District against Anne Gonzales (R) of Westerville.

Gahanna-Jefferson school board member Heather Bishoff (D) of Blacklick is vying for a seat in the 20th Ohio House District against Nathan Burd (R) of Reynoldsburg.

A proposed tax levy for the Franklin County Office on Aging will be on ballots countywide. The levy to support senior-citizen services is a replacement of 0.9 mill, with an increase of 0.4 mill, for a proposed 1.3-mill levy that would last for five years and begin in 2012.

Voters must be registered by Oct. 9 to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 election.