GREENVILLE — Darke County voters will be casting their ballots on a countywide issue — Issue 3 — which is an emergency communications levy. The .45 mill levy, if approved, would be used for emergency communications purposes only.
It is estimated the cost to the owner of a residential property valued at $100,000 will be $15.75 annually, with the levy estimated to bring to the county $500,000 per year.
If passed by voters, the money, in the short term, will be spent to finish providing equipment,maintenance costs and user fees for the MARCS (Multi Agency Radio Communication System) for the emergency agencies of all municipalities within Darke County, as well as for the county’sagencies. The county’s emergency agencies have targeted April 2018 for the switch over to the MARCS system from its current VHF radios, and county officials have stated the change to MARCS will occur with or without passage of the levy.
In the future, money from the levy is slated to be utilized for whatever communications system upgrades or replacements are needed for fire, police and EMS units. The levy, if passed, has no end date.
Failure to pass the levy, however, will result in each municipality’s emergency agencies being responsible for funding their own communications. The county will pay the user fees for radios donated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for two years. After that, each agency is on its own.
The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) in Englewood will be seeking voter support from 27 school districts across nine counties next week, including Darke County. The requested 1.43 mill levy, according to the organization’s website, would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 an additional $4.18 per month.
Candidates will also be on the ballot for the various villages and boards of education.
In North Star, Travis J. Wilker, North Star, is seeing the unexpired term of mayor. He is unopposed. Four council seats are open with four running for office, Daniel Arling, Rossburg, Rachel Bergman, North Star, Timothy DeLand, North Star, and Joseph Wagner, North Star.
No one filed to run for mayor or council for the village of Osgood.
Four candidates filed for the four seats on Versailles Council. They are Michael Berger, Cory Griesdorn, Kent Paulus and Lance Steinbrunner, all of Versailles.
There is contested trustee races in the newspaper’s coverage area.
Three candidates are seeking two seats in Richland Township. Running for office are Jerry Marker, Matt Oliver and Bob Wagner, all of Versailles.
Trustees running uncontested for office include Patterson Township, Steve Hoelscher, Yorkshire, and Steven Puthoff, Versailles; Wabash Township, Edward Brand, Yorkshire, and Michael Stephan, Rossburg; Wayne Township, Dennis Mestemaker and Kennth Moorman, both of Versailles; and York Township, William Barga, Rossburg, and Roger E. Heckman, Versailles.
Two candidates are seeking the unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2019 for the Versailles Exempted School District. They are Tom Ording and Ruth Peters, both of Versailles.
Six candidates are seeking three seats on the Versailles Board of Education. They are Travis Anthony, Versailles, Christopher Leach, Versailles, Matt Magoto, Versailles, Jim Raterman, Bradford, Tony Rose, Versailles, and Jerry Shardo, Yorkshire.