All of Defiance County’s voters — in addition to helping decide a state issue and Ohio’s candidate races — face an important choice on Tuesday for the future of enhanced 911 service.
The county is seeking renewal of its 1-mill, five-year operating levy for the 911 center in Defiance, as well as an additional 0.4 mill to cover increasing costs and a proposed new radio system. The center employs a director and 11 full-time dispatchers with a budget of its own, and provides communications for all safety service forces throughout Defiance County.
County voters also will be asked to renew a 0.85-mill, six-year levy to help operate the Defiance County Board of Development Disabilities, including Good Samaritan School.
And they will join voters in Fulton, Henry and Williams counties in helping decide the Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services’ 0.7-mill, five-year renewal levy for current expenses.
Elsewhere, Sherwood voters will be asked their opinion on a medicinal marijuana issue.
As provided for under Ohio’s new medicinal marijuana law (House Bill 523), municipalities were given the option of banning medicinal marijuana cultivators, processors and retail dispensaries within their boundaries.
No action was taken by Sherwood Village Council to implement a ban following discussions earlier this year. Now, the village is seeking voters’ opinions, although the outcome is non-binding.
The ballot language asks: “Shall the Village of Sherwood permit establishment and operation of medical marijuana cultivators, processors and retail dispensaries within the Village of Sherwood, Ohio?”
Voters in Sherwood also will help decide a new tax proposal for Central Local Schools.
The district is asking for approval of a 0.5-percent income tax increase beginning in January for permanent improvements.
The district’s board of education approved a resolution in May stating the need for the increase to generate $500,000 annually for permanent improvements.
If approved, the increase would take the district’s income tax from 0.75 percent to 1.25 percent.
Six renewal levies throughout the county’s various political subdivisions are up this fall as well — for Ayersville Local Schools, Delaware Township, Milford Township, Ney Village, Northeastern Local Schools and Washington Township.
Only two Defiance County offices were up for election this fall — one commissioner seat and the auditor’s position — but both are uncontested, with Republican incumbents Ryan Mack and Jill Little seeking new four-year terms, respectively.
The following issues and candidates appear on Defiance County voters’ ballots:
Sherrod Brown, D-inc.
Jim Renacci, R
U.S. 5th District
J. Michael Galbraith, D
Robert Latta, R-inc.
Richard Cordray, D
Mike DeWine, R
Constance Gadell-Newton, Green.
Travis Irvine, Lib.
Steve Dettelbach, D
Dave Yost, R
Robert Coogan, Lib.
Keith Faber, R
Zach Space, D
Secretary of State
Dustin Nanna, Lib.
Kathleen Clyde, D
Frank LaRose, R
Rob Richardson, D
Robert Sprague, R
1st Senate District
Robert McColley, R-inc.
Adam Papin, D
82nd House District
Aden Baker, D
Craig Riedel, R-inc.
(term commencing Jan. 1)
(term commencing Jan. 2)
Court of Appeals Judge, 3rd District
John Williamowski, inc.
Ryan Mack, R-inc.
Jill Little, R-inc.
Tax, ballot issues
State Issue 1: a proposed constitutional amendment to reduce penalties for crimes of obtaining, possessing and using illegal drugs.
Defiance County: a 1-mill, five-year renewal levy and an additional 0.4-mill to operate the enhanced 911 communications system.
Defiance County: a 0.85-mill, six-year renewal levy to help operate the Defiance County Board of Development Disabilities, including Good Samaritan School.
Defiance County: a 0.7-mill, five-year renewal levy to operate the Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services for Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties.
Ayersville Local Schools: a 2-mill, five-year renewal levy for permanent improvements.
Central Local Schools: an additional 0.5-percent income tax for permanent improvements.
Delaware Township: a 2-mill, five-year renewal levy for roads and bridges.
Milford Township: a 2-mill, five-year renewal levy for roads and bridges.
Ney Village: a 1.5-mill, five-year renewal levy for fire protection.
Northeastern Local Schools: a 2.95-mill, five-year renewal levy for current expenses.
Sherwood Village: a non-binding, advisory opinion asking if the village should permit establishment and operation of medical marijuana cultivators, processors and retail dispensaries within the village.
Washington Township: a 2-mill, five-year renewal levy for roads and bridges.