A zoo levy and statewide capital-improvement bonds are among dozens of issues and races that central Ohio voters will see on their primary ballots today. There are 58 issues on various central Ohio ballots.
A zoo levy and statewide capital-improvement bonds are among dozens of issues and races that central Ohio voters will see on their primary ballots today.
There are 58 issues on various central Ohio ballots, including Issue 1, the statewide bond issue; Issue 6, the zoo levy in Franklin County; 16 local liquor issues; 14 related to schools; and 13 in townships.
In the seven-county region, 21,836 people voted early, according to the most-recent numbers available. In Franklin County, about 2 percent of eligible voters voted early.
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Absentee ballots must be turned in at the county Board of Elections today to be counted.
Issue 1 would allow the state to issue bonds totaling nearly $1.9 billion over 10 years that would fund infrastructure-improvement and construction projects across the state. The capital-works program was placed on the ballot by the legislature. It would not raise taxes.
In Franklin County, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is seeking a permanent levy that would raise $32.7 million a year. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $44 per year under the new tax, $23 more than the levy it would replace.
Canal Winchester schools are looking to renew a levy to raise $5.8 million a year. The tax would remain at $433 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home.
The Groveport Madison school district is asking for a new five-year levy for operations that would raise $4.5 million a year. The question also includes a bond issuance to raise $33.3 million over 38 years. The levy would add $312 per year to the taxes on a $100,000 home in the district.
In statewide election news, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by the Libertarian Party of Ohio yesterday, ending the party’s efforts to field candidates for governor and attorney general on today’s primary ballot.
Mark Brown, a Capital University law professor representing the Libertarians, said he will ask the entire 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati this week for a rehearing as part of an effort to get spots on the November ballot for gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney-general candidate Steven Linnabary. The two were removed from the ballot by Secretary of State Jon Husted because of faulty candidacy petitions.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald faces a Democratic primary in the race for governor against Larry Ealy of the Dayton area.
There are several contested primaries in districts that include Franklin County voters:
• Kevin Solveson is challenging state Sen. Kevin Bacon in a Republican primary in District 3.
• U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers will face challenger Charles S. Chope in a Republican primary in the 15th District.
• Howard D. Heard, husband of term-limited state House Minority Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard, is running for his wife’s District 26 seat. He faces Columbus City Councilman Hearcel F. Craig and Frederick V. LaMarr in a Democratic primary.
• David Leland and Pia Brady are running in a Democratic primary in Ohio House District 22.
• Patrick W. Manley is challenging state Rep. Stephanie Kunze in a Republican primary in District 24.
• James Burgess faces Seth Golding in the Republican primary in Ohio House District 25.
• State Rep. Anne Gonzales is being challenged by Meta Hahn in a Republican primary in District 19.
Dispatch Washington Bureau Chief Jack Torry contributed to this story.