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Hilliard voters have choices to make

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Hilliard voters have plenty of decisions to make come Nov. 8.

The mayor of Hilliard, seats on the Hilliard City School District board of education, Norwich Township board of trustees and a school levy all will be decided in the fall election.

Incumbent Mayor Don Schonhardt will face write-in Independent candidate Jason T. Brown.

Schonhardt, 60, a Republican, is seeking his third term as mayor. He was unopposed in the May 3 primary.

Brown, 34, is a construction estimator who owns All-Star Sports Batting Cages, 3700 Parkway Lane. A graduate of Hilliard High School and a former Seabee, Brown is married and has two children.

Brown said he wants to be "a mayor for the people. I believe I am that person and would love to work for the people of Hilliard, listen to what they have to say, and work for what they want."

The major local issue for Hilliard voters is a proposed tax levy for the school district at a rate of 5.9 mills. According to the district, the language on the ballot said this "amounts to 59 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a continuing period of time, commencing in calendar year 2011; first due in calendar year 2012."

The school district is returning to the ballot with a lower millage rate after voters rejected a 6.9-mill levy in May.

"We have looked under every rock and thoroughly explored every option before returning to voters," school board president Doug Maggied said.

"The board understands these difficult economic times and has reduced our request by 13 percent so that we are better meeting the needs of our community while still providing a quality education for students."

The district has identified $10.2 million in cuts if the levy were to fail. Where those cuts would be made might be decided at the Aug. 22 board of education meeting.

Also on the ballot, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections:

  • Five people are running for two positions on the board of education: Maggied, Justin Gardner, Heather L. Keck, Homer J. Logan II, and Brian Perry.
  • The three winners in May's city council primary - incumbent Albert Iosue and newcomers Joe Erb and Nathan D. Painter - are running unopposed this fall.
  • Incumbent Norwich Township Trustee Mike Cope will face current City Councilman Timothy A. Roberts.
  • Incumbent Jamie L. Miles will face Thomas J. Alban for Norwich Township fiscal officer.
  • Hilliard residents Barbara Bloxam and Gregory A. Ruwe are vying to be Brown Township fiscal officer. Bloxam is the incumbent.
  • Hilliard resident Pamela A. Sayre is running unopposed for re-election as a Brown Township trustee.
  • One local liquor option will be on the ballot. The Olive Tree Mediterranean Caf is seeking Sunday sales.

The deadline to file for office or put an issue on the ballot was Aug. 10.

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