New Albany News

Local voters will see short ballots May 6

New Albany residents will have a few things to vote on when they go to the polls May 6.

One statewide issue and one countywide issue will be on the primary ballot, along with a few party-specific candidate races.

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 public 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 Issue 6 is a 1.25-mill levy to raise money for improvements to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The proposed levy would generate $32.7 million a year and cost $44 per year per $100,000 in assessed property value.

The Columbus Zoo currently collects $19 million annually from a 0.75-mill levy, which expires at the end of 2015.

In contested candidate races, Republican Anne Gonzales of Westerville, who is serving her second term representing the 19th Ohio House District, is running against challenger Meta Hahn of Westerville.

The 19th District covers portions of northeast Franklin County, including parts of Blendon Township, Columbus, Gahanna, Mifflin Township, Minerva Park, New Albany, Plain Township, Sharon Township and Westerville.

State Sen. Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) also faces a primary challenge from Kevin Solveson of Westerville.

Bacon represents Ohio's 3rd Senate District, which includes almost a third of Franklin County.