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Licking County Nov. 6 ballot

Library, school, fire levies are top local issues

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Voters in western Licking County on Nov. 6 will help decide several local issues, including levy requests for a local library, a school district and a fire district.

They also will cast ballots for state representatives, a U.S. Representative, a U.S. Senator, a few state issues and, of course, president of the United States.

Library levy

The Pataskala Public Library is asking voters in the Southwest Licking School District to renew its current 0.5-mill, five-year levy with no additional millage.

The levy would cost about $15.30 annually per $100,000 of assessed property valuation

If approved, the renewed levy would generate about $280,000, which is approximately 35 percent of the library's $780,000 budget, said library director Jeff Rothweiler. The rest comes from the state, which has cut 30 percent of the library's funding in the past five years.

The 0.5-mill, five-year levy approved in 2007 expires at the end of the year.

Two previous levy requests -- both asking for additional millage -- were rejected by local voters.

Schools levy

The Licking Heights Local School District is asking voters to approve an 8.9-mill levy to generate $4.3 million per year and keep the district in the black through 2017.

Estimates from the district say the levy will leave it with a $337,000 balance at the end of 2017. District voters approved an 11.9-mill levy in May 2011 to catch the district up to "emergency levels," said Superintendent Philip Wagner.

The 8.9-mill levy would cost about $272 per year per $100,000 of assessed property value.

Fire levy

Voters from several western Licking County communities will be asked to approve a 1.5-mill, five-year property tax levy for the West Licking Joint Fire District.

The levy would renew the fire district's existing 2-mill levy.

District Fiscal Officer Elisabeth Krugh said the reduced-millage levy would generate $1,370,700 and cost $45.94 per year per $100,000 of assessed property value. The current 2-mill levy costs about $60 per $100,000 of assessed property value.

The West Licking Joint Fire District was formed in 1982 from the Pataskala and Kirkersville fire departments. It provides fire protection services for those two communities, as well as Etna, Harrison and Jersey townships and a portion of Reynoldsburg.

Road, bridge levy

Etna Township voters will be asked to approve a five-year, 1.5-mill township levy that would generate $503,400 annually to fund road and bridge repairs.

The levy would cost $45.94 a year per $100,000 of assessed property value.

Etna Township collects $238,826 annually in state funds that can be used to work on its 51 miles of roads and purchase salt to clear roads in the winter.

The township also collects a permissive license tax for residents' license plate renewals. Township Fiscal Officer Walter Rogers said that generates $50,000 to $52,000 annually for road repairs. If this levy passes, the township will request the license plate fee be removed, he said.

Liquor option

Dugout Sports Bar, 14592 E. Broad St. in Reynoldsburg, will ask local voters to approve wine and liquor sales on Sunday.

Lyn Tolan, spokeswoman for the Ohio Division of Commerce, said the area allows Sunday beer sales but not sales of wine and liquor.

If approved, the option would allow Dugout to sell all three on Sundays.

Commissioner races

Among the county races on the Nov. 6 ballot, residents will see two commissioner races, but only one is contested.

Incumbent Republican Commissioner Tim Bubb, who has served since 2005, will be challenged by Libertarian James Snedden Jr. in one race. Democratic candidate Daniel B. Coffman pulled out of the race in June.

Duane Flowers, who defeated incumbent Commissioner Brad Feightner and Seth E. Ellington in the March Republican primary race, is running unopposed.

Statehouse races

Most area residents will choose state representatives for the 71st or 72nd Ohio House districts.

In the 71st District, Incumbent Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) will be challenged by Newark Democrat Brady Jones.

The 71st District's new boundaries, redrawn last year, still encompass about half of northern and western Licking County, including most of Pataskala and all of Granville, Heath, Johnstown and Newark. The district also includes a small section of Reynoldsburg.

Hottinger, 42, has represented the 71st District since 2007. Prior to that, he represented the 77th Ohio House District and the 31st Senate District.

Jones, 41, is a welder and pipefitter who is running for public office for the first time.

In the 72nd District, Democrat David H. Dilly of Coshocton will challenge incumbent Republican Bill Hayes of Pataskala.

The 72nd District formerly was the 91st. The district's redrawn boundaries encompass about half of Licking County -- primarily its eastern and southern portions -- and much of Coshocton and Perry counties. The district also touches the eastern city limits of Pataskala and Reynoldsburg.

Hayes, 68, is an attorney who is finishing his first term as a state representative.

Dilly, 66, has been the Coshocton County recorder since 2006 and fiscal officer for White Eyes Township since 2000.

U.S. House of Representatives

Republican incumbent Pat Tiberi faces Democrat challenger Jim Reese in a bid for the redrawn 12th Congressional District, which includes parts of Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Marion, Morrow, Muskingum and Richland counties.

Tiberi, 49, has represented the district since 2001.

Reese, 34, is an attorney and small-business owner.

Statewide ballot items

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Josh Mandel and Independent Scott Rupert.

Other statewide ballot items include:

* State Issue 1, which asks voters if a convention should be held to revise, amend or change the state constitution. The question is asked of voters every 20 years.

* State Issue 2, which is a proposed constitutional amendment to create a state-funded commission to draw legislative and congressional districts. Its placement on the ballot is the result of an initiative petition.

 

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