Various issues placed on Nov. 3 ballot


By Melanie Speicher - mspeicher@aimmedianetwork.com



SIDNEY — One countywide issue will be on the Nov. 3 ballot for all Shelby County residents.

The Sidney-Shelby County Health Department has placed a renewal of a tax on the ballot. The levy is for current expenses at a rate not exceeding 0.2 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 2 cents for each $100 of valuation. The length of the levy is 10 years, beginning in tax year 2016 with it first due in calendar year 2017.

School district

Anna Local School District is asking its voters to renew a permanent improvement tax levy at a rate not exceeding 1.5 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $15 cents for each $100 of valuation. The levy is for five years, beginning in 2016, with it first due in calendar year 2017.

Ambulance district

Perry-Port-Salem Ambulance District has placed a renewal of a 0.8 mill and an increase of a 0.2 mill for the levy, which will be used to provide ambulance and emergency medical service at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 10 cents for each $100 of valuation. The levy is for five years, beginning in 2015 with first collection in calendar year 2016.

Municipal

The city of Sidney will be placing two issues on the ballot, both of which deal with electric and natural gas. The first asks the voters if the city should have the authority to aggregate the retail electric loads located in the city and enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of electricity and such aggregation will occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out.

The second issue deals with giving the city the authority to aggregate the retail natural gas loads located in the city and enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of electricity and such aggregation will occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out.

The villages of Fort Loramie, Botkins and Russia are also asking their voters to approve the same aggregate agreements for electric and natural gas. The village of Lockington is also asking voters to approve the aggregate agreement for retail electric.

The village of Anna has placed an additional rate of 0.25 percent on income over and above the 1.75 tax on income beginning Jan. 1, 2016. The funds will be used for the village police department.

The village of Lockington is asking for a renewal of a tax levy for the parks and recreation of the village. The rate will not exceed 1.5 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 15 cents for each $100 of valuation. The levy is for five years, beginning in 2015, with the first collection due in calendar year 2016.

Townships

Clinton Township, excluding the city of Sidney voters, has two levies on the ballot.

The first is a tax renewal of a 1-mill levy and an increase of 0.49 mill for the purpose of providing and maintaining ambulances, emergency medical services and ambulance, paramedic or other emergency medical services operated by a fire department or firefighting company at a rate not exceeding 1.49 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.149 for each $100 of valuation. The levy is for five years, commencing in 2015 and first due in calendar year 2016.

The second is a tax renewal of a 1-mill levy and an increase of 0.99 mill for the purpose of providing and and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings, sites, or sources of water supply and materials, the establishment and maintenance of lines of fire alarm telegraph, or the payment of firefighting companies or permanent, part-time or volunteer firefighting, administrative or communications personnel to operate the same, including the payment of any employer contributions required for such personnel at a rate not exceeding 1.99 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.199 for each $100 of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2015, first due in calendar year 2016.

Dinsmore Township residents, including Anna and Botkins village residents, will be voting on a renewal of a 0.3 mill and an increase of 0.4 mill tax levy for the purpose of providing ambulance service, emergency medical service or both, at a rate not exceeding 0.7 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts of 7 cents for each $100 of valuation. The levy is for five years, commencing in 2016, with first collection due in calendar year 2017.

Voters in Jackson Township, including the village of Jackson Center, will be voting on an additional tax for the purpose of providing ambulance and emergency medical service. The tax will not exceed 0.5 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 5 cents for each $100 of valuation. The tax is for five years, beginning in 2015, with it being due for the first time in calendar year 2016.

Voters in Salem Township, excluding the village of Port Jefferson, will be voting on an additional tax for the purpose of general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of the roads at a rate no exceeding 2 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 20 cents for each $100 of valuation. The tax is for five years, beginning in 2015, and first due in calendar year 2016.

In Logan County, the village of DeGraff has placed a 1.8-mill renewal fire levy on the ballot. The levy is for five years.

Riverside Local School District has placed a renewal of a permanent improvement levy on the ballot. It is for 2 mills for five years.

The village of DeGraff and Pleasant Township have placed a renewal levy for Greenwood Union Cemetery on the ballot. The levy is for 0.7 mill for a period of five years.

In Auglaize County, all registered voters will be voting on three issues.

The Auglaize Council on Aging has placed a renewal of a 1-mill tax levy for elderly citizens. It is for five years.

Auglaize County has placed a proposed renewal of sales and use tax for a 10-year period. The levy is for 0.5 percent and will be used for additional revenue for the county’s general fund.

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties has a placed a renewal of a 0.5 mill levy for current expenses. The levy is for 10 years.

The village of New Knoxville has placed a renewal of a 2-mill levy for five years for fire/EMS services.

The village of New Bremen has placed a renewal of a 2-mill levy for five years for fire/EMS services.

Washington Township has placed a renewal of a 2-mill levy for five years for fire/EMS services.

By Melanie Speicher

mspeicher@aimmedianetwork.com

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822; follow her on Twitter @MelSpeicherSDN. Follow the SDN on Facebook, www.facebook.com/SidneyDailyNews.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822; follow her on Twitter @MelSpeicherSDN. Follow the SDN on Facebook, www.facebook.com/SidneyDailyNews.