Pickerington Times-Sun

Pickerington/Violet Township

Senior center levy, two county races on Nov. 6 ballot


Pickerington and Violet Township area residents will cast ballots in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election for not only president of the United States, but also to determine determine the fate of a levy renewal issue for the Pickerington Senior Center and weigh in on two races for seats on the Fairfield County Board of Commissioners.

Pickerington and Violet Township voters will decide if a five-year, 0.2-mill operating renewal levy for the Pickerington Senior Center will be renewed.

If passed, Issue 20 would provide ongoing operations funds to the senior center, which was established in 28 years ago and has approximately 750 members.

According to senior center officials, the money would be used for ongoing maintenance at the center, 150 Hereford Drive, to finance senior center programs and to pay the salaries of the center's lone full-time employee and three part-time staffers.

The levy renewal would not result in an increase in taxes for township property owners, supporters said. Rather, it would replace an existing levy that is set to expire at the end of this year.

According to Fairfield County Auditor Jon Slater Jr., the levy would generate $196,000 in funds annually, assuming the tax valuation of properties does not fluctuate.

It would cost property owners in Violet Township and Pickerington $6.13 a year per $100,000 property valuation.

Voters throughout Fairfield County also will decide races for two seats on the Fairfield County Board of Commissioners.

In one of those races, Steven Davis, a 48-year-old Republican attorney appointed county commissioner in January 2011 will face Reed Bailey, 59, a Democrat and self-employed information-technology professional.

In the other commissioner's race, Democrat George Hallarn, 64, and Republican Dave Levacy, 67, will compete for an open seat, which is being vacated by Republican Judy Shupe, who chose not to seek re-election to another term.

Hallarn has been a Greenfield Township trustee since 1998, and Levacy is owner of Buckeye Lake Marina and is president of the Millersport Village Council.

The rest of the races for county offices are uncontested.

Voters in Violet Township's Precinct A voting district will decide a liquor option for Buffalo Wild Wings, 2386 Taylor Road in Reynoldsburg.

If passed, the option would allow Sunday wine and liquor sales at the restaurant and bar.

Other races, issues

Sherrod Brown, a Democrat is an incumbent U.S. senator who is being challenged by Republican Josh Mandel and Scott Rupert, an Independent.

Incumbent Rep. Steve Stivers, a Republican, is being challenged by Pat Lang, a Democrat in the race for the 15th U.S. House of Representatives seat.

Democrat Kelly Bryant will square off against Republican Gerald Stebelton in the race for the 77th Ohio House district.

Republican Troy Balderson will face Democrat Teresa M. Scarmack in the race for the 20th Ohio Senate district seat.

State Issue 1 asks voters if a convention should be held to revise, amend or change the state constitution.

The question is asked of voters every 20 years.

State Issue 2 is a proposed constitutional amendment to create a state-funded commission to draw legislative and congressional districts.

Its placement on the ballot is the result of an initiative petition.

Polling place notes

Polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Those who want to cast a regular ballot on Election Day must bring identification information with them.

According to Ohio election laws, acceptable forms of identification include:

* A current and valid photo identification (such as an Ohio driver license card, state ID card or government ID). Photo identification must show name and current address (except that an Ohio driver license or State ID card does not need to show current address if the address in the poll book is current).

* A military identification that shows the voter's name (does not need to show address).

* A copy of a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document (including from a public college or university) that shows the voter's name and current address.

Voters who do not provide one of those documents will still be able to vote by providing the last four digits of their Social Security number and by casting a provisional ballot.

Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a Social Security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation swearing to the voter's identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot.

If identification is not provided at the time the provisional ballot is cast, the provisional voter can provide a valid form of identification in person at the board of elections during the 10 days after the election.