Lockington Fire Association seeks levy for building expansion


LOCKINGTON — Voters in Washington Township will be voting on a 5-year, 2 mill tax levy for the Lockington Volunteer Fire Association’s building expansion when they go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The Lockington Volunteer Fire Association is seeking approval the levy, which would see 20 cents of each $100 of property valuation to be used for the expansion if approved by voters.

The proposed addition will be a 60 foot by 64 foot steel structure, similar to the existing fire house. The structure will allow for continued growth for the department. It will be used for storage for portable equipment, square for growth of apparatus, fire gear storage area to protect its volunteers and investment in protective clothing, dedicated training and meeting room and office space to facilitate record keeping and reporting.

According to information provided by the fire association, since the construction of the current firehouse, the department has had storage space across the street in the “old firehouse,” which is also known as the lock keeper’s house. The stare of Ohio is in the process of funding a renovation of the lock keeper’s house to make it part of the Lock display. The fire department currently stories various pieces of equipment in the house.

Washington Township voters will also be considering the renewal of a .5 mill tax levy for five years to provide and maintain fire apparatus, appliances, building, sources of water supplies and materials, establishment and maintenance of lines of fire alarm telegraph or the payment of permanent, part-time or volunteer firefighters or firefighting company or to purchase ambulance or emergency medical services operated by a fire department.

Other local issues on the ballot include:

• Casey’s Marketing Co., doing business as Casey’s General Store, 307 W. Pike St., Jackson Center, is seeking a local liquor option which will allow the sale of wine and mixed beverages on Sundays from 10 a.m. to midnight.

• Botkins Local School District is seeking a renewal of a 2 mill 5-year permanent improvement levy, commencing in 2019, first due in calendar year 2020.

• Dinsmore Township is seeking a 1 mill 5-year tax renewal for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliance, building and sites or sources of water supply and materials or payment of firefighting companies or permanent, part-time or volunteer firefighting personal. The levy will begin in 2019 and will be first due in calendar year 2020.

• The village of Fort Loramie is seeking the renewal of a 1 mill 5-year tax levy for current operating expenses for the village, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

• Green Township is seeking the renewal of a .8 mill and an increase of a .2 mill 5-year tax levy to benefit the village for providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliance, building and sites or sources of water supply and materials or payment of firefighting companies or permanent, part-time or volunteer firefighting personal. The levy will not exceed 1 mill for each $1 of property valuation, which amounts to 10 cents for each $100 of valuation. The levy will commence in 2019 and first due in calendar year 2020.

• The village of Jackson Center is seeking the renewal of a 2 mill, 5-year tax levy which will be used for current operating expenses. The levy will commence in 2019 and first due in calendar year 2020.

• The village of Kettlersville is seeking an additional tax of 2.5 mills for five years for current operating expenses. The levy will commence in 2018 and first due in calendar year 2019.

• The Loramie Ambulance District is seeking a replacement of a tax for the purpose of ambulance or emergency service. The levy will not exceed 1.5 mills for each $1 of valuation for five years beginning in 2019, first due in 2020.

• Loramie Township (excluding the village of Russia) is seeking the renewal of a 2 mill, 5-year tax levy for the purpose of general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of roads. The levy will commence in 2019 and first due in calendar year 2020.

• Loramie Township, Houston Fire District, is seeking the renewal of a 1.67 mill, 5-year tax levy for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliance, building and sites or sources of water supply and materials or payment of firefighting companies or permanent, part-time or volunteer firefighting personal. It will commence in 2019 and first due due in calendar year 2020.

• Orange Township is seeking the renewal of a 1.5 mill, 5-year tax for providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliance, building and sites or sources of water supply and materials or payment of firefighting companies or permanent, part-time or volunteer firefighting personal. It will commence in 2019, and first due in calendar year 2020.

• Salem Township (excluding Port Jefferson) is seeking an additional tax of 2 mills for five years for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of roads and bridges. It will begin in 2019, and first due in calendar year 2020.

• Salem Township (excluding Port Jefferson) is seeking the renewal of a 2 mill, 5-year tax levy to provide and maintain fire apparatus, appliance, building and sites or sources of water supply and materials or payment of firefighting companies or permanent, part-time or volunteer firefighting personal. It will commence in 2019, and first due in calendar year 2020.

• Riverside Local School District, DeGraff, is asking voters whether an existing 1.75 percent income tax be replaced with a 1.5 percent tax on earned income of individuals residing in the school district, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, for the purpose of paying current operating expenses for the school district. If the new tax of 1.5 percent is not approved, the existing 1.75 percent tax will remain in place.

• Village of Versailles is seeking a referendum on ordinance 18-01 directing the village administrator to effectuate a change to the village zoning map as a result of the village council on Dec. 27, 2017, regarding the properties at 732 and 706E. Main St. and 45Maple St. to be upheld.

• Osgood Area Joint Ambulance District is seeking an additional .75 mill tax levy for the purpose of ambulance/emergency medical services commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

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