Voters approved all the local issues they saw on their Nov. 6 ballots.
Issues 9 and 10
Worthington Schools' two funding requests were approved overwhelmingly by district voters.
"I'm incredibly thankful to our Worthington community," said Superintendent Trent Bowers. "We've had just an amazing, dedicated group of parent volunteers."
Issue 9, a 2.58-mill, $89 million bond request, was approved 20,662 votes to 8,789 votes, or 70 percent to 30 percent, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
Issue 9 will be used to upgrade technology in schools, purchase new buses and help rebuild Perry and Worthingway middle schools, according to district officials.
Meanwhile, Issue 10, a permanent incremental operating levy was approved 18,207 votes to 11,157 votes, or 62 percent to 38 percent, according to the board of elections.
The levy would start at 2.9 mills and increase by 2 mills each year until it caps at 8.9 in the fourth year.
The levy, which would be used to pay for operating costs, is estimated to generate $2.9 million in fiscal 2019, $7.9 million in fiscal 2020, $12 million in fiscal 2021, $16 million in fiscal 2022 and $18 million in the years following, according to Jeff McCuen, the district's treasurer. The district's fiscal years start every July 1.
Both issues would cost taxpayers a combined total of $191 per $100,000 of property value in the first year, McCuen said.
The city of Worthington's Issue 39 was approved 6,148 votes to 2,042 votes, or 75 percent to 25 percent, according to unofficial results from the board of elections.
Issue 39 will allow city leaders to consider whether to become a governmental aggregator and pool the community's purchasing power to negotiate a bulk price and potentially lower electricity bills.
Under Ohio law, residents may negotiate prices with energy suppliers individually. But by turning thousands of residents into one large "energy buyer," the city, in theory, would have added leverage in negotiations to ensure that the price people pay for their energy supply is lower. Worthington has about 14,600 residents, according to a 2017 Census Bureau estimate.
Consultants from Energy Alliances would negotiate a deal with a supplier on the city's behalf. Per an agreement, the consultant group would be paid only if a deal with a supplier were approved by City Council, in which case a fee would be worked into it, city officials have said.
Because Issue 39 is an opt-out aggregation program – residents automatically would be enrolled and would have to choose not to participate in the program – it required approval by residents in a citywide ballot issue, according to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's website, puco.ohio.gov.
Perry Township's Issue 46, a 1.5-mill renewal levy for roads and streets, was approved 1,934 to 562 votes, or 77.48 percent to 22.52 percent, according to unofficial results from the board of elections.
The five-year levy is expected to raise $240,000 and would help pay for "general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges," according to the board of elections.
Township trustee Jim Roper said it also would help fund snow, leaf and brush removal and other road maintenance.
The levy will continue to cost $40 per $100,000 in property value and has an effective rate of 1.3 mills.