Jerome Township residents will decide this fall whether to approve a 5.5-mill, five-year fire levy.

If voters approve the levy, a property owner would pay an additional $192.50 per $100,000 of home valuation. The 5.5-mill levy is expected to generate $1,915,478 of tax revenue annually.

The filing deadline with the county elections boards for the Nov. 5 general election was 4 p.m. today, Aug. 7. The deadline for write-in candidates is Aug. 26.

Two incumbent trustees up for election this fall did not file, according to the Franklin County and Union County elections boards. Jerome Township trustee Ron Rhodes and Washington Township trustee Gene Bostic did not file, according to the elections boards’ list of candidates.

When his term ends in December, Bostic said, he will have served as Washington Township trustee for nearly 16 years. Bostic said he feels like he has accomplished what he set out to do in his trustee role. Now that the Washington Township Fire Department has received accreditation, Bostic said, he felt the time was right to let someone new make changes in the township.

"Bring in some new ideas," Bostic said.

All candidates and issues must be certified by the elections boards by Aug. 27.

Military and overseas voting begins Sept. 20; early in-person and absentee voting for others begins Oct. 8.

The following candidates have filed to appear on the ballot in Dublin and in Jerome and Washington townships:

Dublin City Council (five seats, nonpartisan)

Incumbents: Christina Alutto and Christine Amorose Groomes

Challengers: Sandi Allen, Andrew Keeler, Ajay Styapriya

Incumbent not running: Michael Keenan

Keenan said his 36 years of public experience have been a wonderful experience. Keenan has spent 20 years as Washington Township Trustee and 16 years as Dublin City Council member, two of which he served as mayor.

"It's a privilege to be involved," he said.

Keenan said he chose not to run for reelection to allow younger residents to take the helm and to allow more time for travel and family.

Dublin Board of Education (two seats)

Incumbents: Scott Melody, Christopher Valentine

Jerome Township trustees (one seat)

Incumbents: None

Challengers: Ken Gordon, Mark Spagnuolo, Megan Sloat

Incumbent not running: Ron Rhodes

Jerome Township fiscal officer

Incumbent: Robert Caldwell

Washington Township trustees (one seat)

Incumbents: None

Challenger: Jan Rozanski

Incumbent not running: Gene Bostic

Washington Township fiscal officer

Incumbent: Joyce Robinson

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