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Local voters to decide school district's bond, levy request

Monday November 5, 2012 10:55 AM

New Albany voters will see multiple county and state issues and races on their Nov. 6 ballots, but a tax issue for the New Albany-Plain Local School District likely will garner the most attention.

Issue 50 is a combined 2.59-mill bond issue that will generate $45.1 million and a 4.24-mill continuous operating levy that will generate $3.51 million.

The bond issue, currently estimated at a term of 37 years, would pay for a new non-grade specific building for 1,200 students with $11.4 million budgeted for site improvements. The 4.24-mill continuous levy would augment the 24.4-mill permanent operating levy voters approved in 2008.

If approved, Issue 50 would cost property owners $209.24 per year -- about $130 for the levy and $79 for the bond issue -- per $100,000 of assessed property value. The owner of a home valued at $400,000, for example, would pay about $837 per year in additional property taxes for the bond and levy.

New Albany voters also will help decide a county levy request: Issue 56, a five-year, 1.3-mill senior-services levy.

It would cost $39.81 a year per $100,000 of assessed property value and generate $34 million annually. It would be an increase from the 0.9-mill levy set to expire at the end of the year.

In contested county races, incumbent Commissioner Paula Brooks, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican James Pfaff.

Incumbent Sheriff Zach Scott, a Democrat, is being challenged by Michael Herrell, a Republican.

Republican Daphne Hawk and Democrat Terry Brown are running for county recorder.

Incumbent Treasurer Edward Leonard, a Democrat, is being challenged by Julie Hubler, a Republican.

Kim Brown and Valoria Hoover will square off in a race for common pleas court judge.

Contested races for local legislative districts include the 19th Ohio House District and the 12th Congressional District:

Incumbent Republican Anne Gonzales is being challenged in the 19th Ohio House District by Democrat Ryan Jolley.

The 19th District, which was redrawn last year, includes all of New Albany, most of Gahanna and Westerville and parts of Columbus' Northland community.

Gonzales, 49, is completing her first term in the Ohio House. Prior to being elected to that seat, she served on Westerville City Council for 10 years and has served as mayor of Westerville.

Jolley, 29, is a senior account manager at Staff Management. He has served on Gahanna City Council since January.

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. He previously served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1993 to 2000.

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

Local voters also will help decide a statewide constitutional amendment.

Issue 2 would change how Ohio's state legislative and congressional district lines are drawn.

The state's current redistricting commission changes the district lines every 10 years in response to the U.S. census. It costs an estimated $2 million.

The amendment would establish a citizens redistricting commission with 12 members, which is expected to cost $15 million.

The new commission would exclude all federal or state officials, employees of the Ohio legislature or U.S. Congress, state agency directors, paid lobbyists or anyone who was a political candidate, campaign consultant, political party employee or someone who made more than $5,000 in campaign contributions within the last five years from applying for the commission.

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