Pickerington and Violet Township voters this fall will determine races for city council and township trustee, as well as a bid to establish local library funding.

Pickerington and Violet Township voters this fall will determine races for city council and township trustee, as well as a bid to establish local library funding.

There will be no shortage of choices for local voters when they go to the polls on Nov. 3.

In addition to a 10-year, 0.75-mill which could provide operations funding to the Pickerington Public Library, there are contested races for Pickerington City Council and Violet Township trustee.

The Pickerington Public Library levy represents the first time in the library's 100-year history that it has sought local funding. Supporters say it's needed because of declining financial aid from the state, which provides approximately 97 percent of the local library's funding.

According to the pro-levy group, Citizens for the Pickerington Library, the levy would generate $830,800 annually for the library. If passed, it would cost homeowners in the Pickerington Local School District $22.97 per $100,000 home valuation each year.

Fairfield County Board of Elections officials said the certification of all candidates and issues currently on the November ballot is expected to be done today (Aug. 27).

Barring any disqualifications, six people will vie for four Pickerington City Council seats, which each carry four-year terms.

Incumbents Jeff Fix, Cristie Hammond and Mike Sabatino are seeking re-election. Others who filed nominating petitions to run for council seats are Tony Barletta, Gavin Blair and Nikki Smith.

Current Councilman Keith Smith's seat will be up for grabs. He declined to seek re-election after serving a single term on council.

In Violet Township, five candidates will compete for two trustee seats, which also carry four-year terms.

Incumbents Terry Dunlap Sr. and Harry Myers Jr. are seeking re-election. They will be challenged by Teresa Meno, Dean Rennell and Brian Wisniewski, a current Pickerington City Council member.

Voters in the Pickerington Local School District also will elect three people to serve four-year terms on the district board of education.

Current board members Clay Lopez and Lori Sanders are seeking re-election. Cathy Olshefski also is running for a seat on the board. Incumbent Wes Monhollen, a two-term board member, did not file for re-election as of the Aug. 20 deadline.

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