DARKE COUNTY — In two weeks, Darke County voters will head to the polls. In addition to candidates seeking political office, voters will be asked to give approval for a number of issues — some countywide, others in specific locales.
Countywide, voters in Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties will consider the renewal of a 0.6-mill levy for the Tri-County Board of Recover & Mental Health Services, a levy providing counseling and supportive services to children and adults. If approved, the five-year levy will commence in 2017, with the tax first due in calendar year 2018.
In Darke’s county seat, Greenville voters will be tasked with voting on two issues: gas and electric aggregation.
If approved, electric aggregation will allow the City of Greenville the authority to aggregate the retail electric loads located in the City of Greenville, and for that purpose, enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of electricity, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out. The second issue would accomplish the same, except for natural gas.
Voters in a number of villages and townships in the county will have additional issues to consider.
Residents of the Village of Ansonia Village will be asked to vote on a 3-mill renewal levy for current expenses. The five-year levy commences in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.
Ansonia voters will also cast ballots on electric and gas aggregation, as will voters in Greenville, Brown Township, Greenville Township and Wayne Lakes.
A five-year renewal levy is on the ballot for Hollansburg voters. This 6-mill levy is for current expenses commencing in 2016, first due in calendar year 2017.
Adams Township voters in Fire District No. 1 will consider a renewal levy for fire protection and emergency medical services. The 1-mill, five-year levy commences in 2016, first due in calendar year 2017.
Voters in Van Buren Township will be asked to vote on two brand new tax levies.
The first, a 0.5-mill levy, is for maintaining and operating cemeteries in the township, commencing in 2016, first due In calendar year 2017. The second is for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing, and repair of streets, roads, and bridges in Van Buren Township, also 0.5 mills, commencing in 2016, first due in calendar year 2017.
Mississinawa Valley voters will be voting on a school district renewal of an annual income tax for current expenses — 0.75 percent on incomes of individuals and estates. This five-year tax, if approved, would begin January 1, 2017.
Some local issues crossover with residents of counties adjoining Darke County.
In Auglaize County:
ISSUE 17 – Minster Local School District –Annual Income Tax – Renewal – On School District Income of Individuals and of Estates – Current Operating Expenses – 1 percent – 15 years – beginning January 1, 2017.
ISSUE 18 – Minster Local School District – Proposed Tax Levy – Renewal – Permanent Improvements, To Improve and Maintain Sites, to Remodel, Repair Plant Facilities and to Acquire and Replace Equipment – 0.8 mill – five years – commencing in 2016, first due in calendar Year 2017.
In Miami County:
ISSUE 4 – Bradford Village – Proposed Tax Levy – Renewal – The General Construction, Reconstruction, Resurfacing and Repair of Streets and Roadways – 7 mills – five years – commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.
In Preble County:
ISSUE 20 – Tri-County North LSD (Counties of Preble, Montgomery and Darke, Ohio) – Proposed Tax Levy – Renewal – Improving and Renovating School Buildings and Providing Equipment, Furnishings and Site Improvements – 2 mills – five years – commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year of 2018.
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