Licking County News

County voters will decide several issues, races May 6

Voters throughout western Licking County will decide a statewide issue and two county levy requests when they go to the polls Tuesday, May 6.

The primary election also will include several community- and party-specific ballot items.

The statewide Issue 1 would allow Ohio to generate $1.875 billion over a 10-year period in bonds to replace roads, bridges and other infrastructure, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

It is a continuation of a program created through a voter-approved constitutional amendment in 1987, according to The Dispatch.

The countywide levy requests are for the board of developmental disabilities and the soil and water conservation district.

The Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities will ask voters for a replacement levy totaling 1.6 mills.

The board's 1.3-mill continuing levy was placed on the ballot with a request for an additional 0.3 mill.

If approved, the 1.6-mill replacement levy would generate $6 million per year and cost county homeowners $56 per year per $100,000 of assessed property valuation.

Jim Kiracofe, program administrator for the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District, said the conservation district's 0.15-mill, five-year levy would generate almost $565,000 per year to support small farmers and help to develop community gardens.

If it is approved, the cost for county homeowners would be about $5.25 per year per $100,000 of assessed property valuation.

The community-specific ballot issues include a Southwest Licking school district bond and an Etna Township road and bridge levy.

Southwest Licking is seeking a 6.1-mill, 37-year bond issue to raise more than $66.5 million for a $109 million facility construction and renovation project.

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission would contribute $42.5 million to the project.

If the bond issue is approved, Southwest Licking officials plan to build a high school and an elementary school; renovate the current high school into a middle school; renovate all three elementary buildings; and convert the existing middle school into a pre-kindergarten center, district offices and transportation center.

Etna Township voters will decide a 1.5-mill road and bridge levy to maintain township roads, most of which are in subdivisions.

Licking County Auditor Michael Smith estimated the levy would generate $518,216.

The levy would cost township homeowners an additional $52.50 per year per $100,000 of assessed property valuation.

Among the party-specific races, registered Republicans will decide their November commissioner candidate from among Rick Black, Mike Fox and Doug Kanuckel.

The winner will advance to the general election Nov. 4 against Democrat Mark Van Buren and Libertarian James Snedden.

The commissioner seat up for election is held by Republican Doug Smith, who will retire at the end of his term.

In addition, Republican voters in the 71st Ohio House District will choose the party's candidate in the November general election.

The primary candidates are James W. Cannon and Scott K. Ryan.

The winner will face Democrat Ann Rader on Nov. 4.

Jay Hottinger (R-Newark), the current 71st District representative, has reached the term limit of eight consecutive years in that position.

The 71st District includes about two-thirds of Licking County.

Democrat voters will decide a gubernatorial primary race between Larry Ealy and Edward FitzGerald.

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