Tuesday’s primary election was barely noticeable for most voters in the Defiance six-county area with only nine election issues on the ballot total.

Seven of those were in Fulton County where voters gave approval to a countywide 4-mill, five-year property tax replacement levy for emergency medical service and a 4.13-mill, five-year renewal levy for Archbold Area Schools.

A tied vote on Williams County’s single ballot issue — a North Central Local Schools tax levy — also highlighted Tuesday’s results.

The following is a look at what was decided Tuesday in local counties.


The 4-mill countywide EMS replacement levy breezed through by a count of a 2,112-1,175. That represents 64% support.

The replacement levy’s designation will allow it to collect at higher valuation rates.

Archbold school’s 4.13-mill, five-year renewal levy won with an even larger margin, 290-53, or 84.5% support. The districtwide total, including voters in Henry County (see below), was 318 for, 67 against.

Other issues decided in Fulton County:

• Clinton Township: a 0.3-mill, five-year replacement levy for current expenses: 227 for, 173 against.

• Clinton Township: an additional 0.15-mill, five-year levy to maintain and operate Clinton Township cemeteries: 216 for, 184 against.

• Fulton Township: an additional 1-mill, five-year levy for fire expenses. The levy was defeated on election night, 74-72, although the number of outstanding absentee or provisional ballots — if any — was unavailable Tuesday.

• German Township: a 0.6-mill, 5-year renewal levy to purchase and maintain fire apparatus, equipment and related fire expenses: 303 for, 36 against.

• Pike-Delta-York Local Schools: an additional 1%, five-year income tax for current expenses: 1,075 for; 761 against.


NAPOLEON — Only a small group of voters here had anything to decide.

Those in Archbold Area Schools District — in and around Ridgeville Corners in the northwest of the county — helped decide the 4.13-mill school levy mentioned above under Fulton County.

According to the Henry County Board of Elections, few voters (about 5%) in the most populous of two precincts within the Archbold school district cast ballots. Those that did supported the school levy, 28-14.

Results from a second precinct — which has only 47 total registered voters — showed no ballots cast.


OTTAWA — Only one item was on the ballot here.

Pandora-Gilboa Local Schools voters approved a 1%, five-year income tax renewal for operating expenses.

The final vote was 178 for, 89 against.


BRYAN — Like Putnam County, Williams County’s primary featured a single matter, but nothing was decided on Election Night.

North Central Local Schools’ request for a 3.87-mill, five-year property tax was tied Tuesday night with 308 votes for and 308 against.

However, some outstanding votes remain to be counted.

Two provisional votes — cast when a voter’s address changes — will be tabulated on May 18 by the Williams County Board of Elections, according to its director AJ Nowaczyk. And three pending mail ballots must be returned by May 14, he noted.


No primary election was needed here as no contested races or issues were on the ballot.


PAULDING — No primary election was needed here as no contested races or issues were on the ballot.

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