Nov. 5 election
Two levies, three school board seats on ballot
Marysville voters will see a Nov. 5 ballot that includes a school levy, a library levy, three city charter amendments and a contested race for three school board seats.
The Marysville Board of Education is asking voters to renew a five-year, 6.56-mill levy that district officials said will not increase property owners' taxes.
If it is approved, collections from the levy will start in 2015.
The current levy began in 2010 and runs through 2014. It is currently being collected at 3.05661 mills and costs the owner of a $100,000 home $93.62 a year.
If the levy passes, the five-year forecast for Marysville schools shows a cash balance of $3,381,416 in fiscal year 2014 and a cash balance of $9,359,432 in fiscal year 2018.
If the levy is rejected, the forecast projects a deficit in fiscal year 2018 of $3,277,647.
The Marysville Public Library seeking approval of a 1.5-mill levy to replace the current 1-mill library levy that began in 2004 and was replaced in November 2008.
The current five-year levy expires Dec. 31, but money from it will actually be paid through the end of 2013, said Denise Birkhoff, head of patron services for Marysville Public Library.
The existing levy currently is being collected at a rate of 0.983 mills, which costs $34.44 a year for each $100,000 of home valuation. The new five-year replacement levy would increase the annual collection to $52.50 a year per $100,000 of valuation.
The levy provides 54 percent of the library's funding.
Marysville residents will vote on three proposed changes to the city charter Nov. 5.
One would change the city's form of government from a mayor-director-council model to that of council-manager.
The second charter amendment would eliminate term limits for Marysville Planning Commission members.
The third amendment would bring the city into compliance with changes already made at the state and federal level regarding when city council can meet and rule on certain items.
Marysville school board members Tracy Greer and Doug Lassiter are both stepping down at the end of their terms.
Board President Jeff Mabee, who is seeking re-election, is among four candidates running for three seats. Mabee has served on the school board for eight years and has been president of the board for the last six years.
Also in the race are:
* Brian Luke, who has taught music at all levels in both public and private schools, and taught philosophy for eight years at the University of Dayton. He is the director of worship arts at First United Methodist in Marysville.
* Ed Pleasant, whose public service background includes six years on Marysville City Council. He is a retired educator who was principal at both Marysville and Fairbanks high schools. He is currently chairman of the city's Charter Review Board.
* Dick Smith, who has served twice on the Marysville Charter Review Commission. He also has served as chairman of the Marysville Planning Commission and currently is a member of the West Central Community Correctional Facility Board and is treasurer of Family Matters, an organization that supports Union County Juvenile Court.
Three Marysville City Council members -- Henk Berbee, J.R. Rausch and Mark Reams -- are running unopposed for re-election, as is city Law Director Tim Aslaner.