Bexley voters on Nov. 6 approved Issue 12, a 3.5-mill replacement levy that city officials say will help keep streets throughout the city in good condition.
According to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections with all 10 precincts reporting Nov. 6, Issue 12 received 4,752 “yes” votes, or 69 percent to 2,086 “no,” votes or 31 percent.
The 3.5-mill levy replaces an existing 2.5-mill permanent levy that voters passed in 2002. According to the city’s estimates, the replacement levy will generate approximately $780,000 in new funding per year, and will cost property owners an estimated additional $50 per $100,000 of property valuation.
The passage of Issue 12 will help the city plan for street maintenance projects for the next decade and beyond, said Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler.
“We’ve laid out a pretty clear formula for the funding that’s necessary to maintain our streets into the next 10- to 15-year period,” he said.
Funds generated by the replacement levy will also supplement Ohio Public Works Commission money, which has been used for past street projects in Bexley, but that is not guaranteed in the future, Kessler said.
“This plan, as we have it today, meets the needs of the future and it’s also keeping with our historical funding sources for streets,” he said.
Kessler and Bexley City Council members have vowed not to renew a 3.4-mill operating levy that voters approved in 1975 if Issue 12 passed. The other operating levy would have come up for a vote to be renewed in 2020.