Issues to appear on county ballots


By Rachel Lloyd - rlloyd@aimmedianetwork.com



DARKE COUNTY — Darke County voters will see several possible issues on their ballots this Nov. 3, depending on where they live. All voters will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on three statewide issues, and there are several levy questions up for a vote.

State

State Issue One creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing legislative districts in the form of a constitutional amendment. Passage would create a seven-member commission consisting of the governor, state auditor, secretary of state, one person appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one person appointed by the legislative leader of the largest political party in the House of which the speaker is not a member, one person appointed by the president of the Ohio Senate, and one person appointed by the legislative leader of the largest political party in the Senate of which the president is not a member.

To approve a redistricting plan for 10 years, a bipartisan vote of four members, two from each major party, would be required. If a plan cannot pass by bipartisan vote, a plan may pass by simple majority but will only be in effect for four years.

The amendment would go into effect in 2021, which is when the next redistricting occurs.

State Issue Two is an anti-monopoly amendment that protects the initiative process from being used for personal economic benefit. The amendment would require the Ohio Ballot Board to determine whether a ballot initiative would create a monopoly or special privilege for any nonpublic entity. If the proposed initiative is determined to create a special privilege, it must be addressed on the ballot in the form of two separate questions, the first making exception for the monopoly or special privilege and the second being the initiative itself.

If Issue Two is passed, it would invalidate the passage of Issue Three, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

State Issue Three would legalize the limited sale and use of marijuana and create 10 facilities with exclusive commercial rights to grow the plant. The 10 facilities would be required to run independently, to prevent collusion.

Homegrown marijuana up to eight ounces for personal use would be permitted by persons 21 years of age and older with a license from the Ohio Marijuana Control Commission. Personal use possession up to one ounce by persons 21 or older would not require a license. Anyone with a certified debilitating medical condition would be permitted to use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Townships

Issue Four – Brown Township is a proposed renewal tax levy for fire protection. The 1.0-mill property tax would be in effect for five years, commencing in 2016 and first due in 2017.

Issue Five – Patterson Township is a proposed renewal tax levy for fire protection. The 2.4-mill property tax levy would be in effect for five years, commencing in 2016 and first due in 2017.

Schools

Issue Six – Greenville City School District is a proposed renewal tax levy for current expenses. The 5.5-mill property tax levy would be in effect for five years, commencing in 2016 and first due in 2017.

Library

Issue Seven – New Madison Public Library is a proposed renewal tax levy for current expenses. The 1.5-mill levy would commence in 2016 and is first due in 2017.

Villages

Issue 10 – Arcanum Village is a proposed additional tax levy for police protection services. The 1.0-mill property tax levy would be in effect for five years, commending in 2015 and first due in 2016.

Issue 13 – Gettysburg Village is a proposed renewal tax levy for fire protection. The 0.9-mill property tax levy has a term of five years, commencing in 2016 and first due in 2017.

Issue 14 – Gettysburg Village is a proposed renewal tax levy for fire protection in the amount of 1.9 mills for five years, commending in 2016 and first due in 2017.

Issue 15 – Gordon Village is a proposed renewal tax levy for current expenses. The 1.8-mill property tax levy has a five-year term, commencing in 2016 and first due in 2017.

Issue 16 – Gordon Village is a proposed 3.2-mill renewal for five years for current expenses, commencing in 2016 and first due in 2017.

Issue 17 – New Weston Village is a proposed 2.75-mill renewal property tax levy for current expenses. The five-year levy commences in 2016 and is first due in 2017.

Issue 18 – Pitsburg Village is a proposed renewal tax levy for general construction, reconstruction, replacement and repair of storm sewers. The 1.1-mill property tax levy would be in effect for five years, commencing in 2016 and first due in 2017.

Issue 19 – Pitsburg Village is a proposed renewal tax levy of 1.4 mills for current operating expenses. The five-year levy commences in 2016 and is first due in 2017.

Issue 20 – Rossburg Village is a proposed 3.2-mill renewal property tax levy for current expenses. The five-year term commences in 2016 and is first due in 2017.

Issue 21 – Rossburg Village is a proposed 4-mill renewal property tax levy for current expenses. The five-year term commences in 2016 and is first due in 2017.

Issue 22 – Union City Village is a proposed additional municipal income tax for police department operations. The one-half percent income tax would commence Jan. 1, 2016.

Issue 23 – Wayne Lakes Village is a proposed renewal tax levy for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges. The 2-mill, five-year levy would commence in 2016 and first come due in 2017.

Overlaps

Mercer County

Issue Nine – South Central Mercer Fire District is a proposed replacement tax levy for fire protection. The 2.5-mill property tax would commence in 2015, first due in 2016, for a term of five years.

Miami County

Issue 11 – Bradford Village is a proposed ordinance for electric aggregation asking the following: “Shall the Village of Bradford have the authority to aggregate the retail electric loads located in the Village of Bradford, 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?”

Issue 12 – Bradford Village is a proposed ordinance for gas aggregation asking the following: “Shall the Village of Bradford have the authority to aggregate the retail natural gas loads located in the Village of Bradford, and for that purpose, enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of natural gas, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out?”

Issue Eight – Newton Local School District is a proposed annual income tax renewal of 0.75 percent for current operating expenses on the school district income of individuals and estates. The three-year span of the tax begins Jan. 1, 2017.

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By Rachel Lloyd

rlloyd@aimmedianetwork.com

Reach the writer at 937-569-4354 or on Twitter @RachelLloydGDA.

Reach the writer at 937-569-4354 or on Twitter @RachelLloydGDA.