Ballot roundup – JTFD levy seen as emergency call to citizens


Editor’s note: This article is the last of a series of stories detailing issues and candidates appearing before area voters on the November ballot.
Jerome Township Fire Chief Douglas Stewart called the upcoming fire levy a “911 call to our citizens.”
The five-year, 5.5 mill fire/EMS operating levy will appear before voters on the November ballot.
The levy would cost residents $16.04 monthly per every $100,000 of their home’s market value.
“The current fire levies have not kept up with the need to grow the Fire Division in a manner to provide the level of safety our community requires,” Douglas stated in an email to the Journal-Tribune.
The average daily number of firefighters on duty is currently four to five, operating out of one station, according to Douglas. He said that is not enough to protect a community the size of Jerome Township. As a result, some areas of the township experience response times that exceed 10-12 minutes.
If the levy is passed, Douglas said additional firefighters and paramedics will be added to the staff. Additionally, a second fire station will be built in the northern part of the community.
He said “the repercussions are significant” if the levy is not approved.
“The support of our community is paramount,” Douglas stated. “When our residents call 911, we want them to know they will get the best service possible and it will be in a timely manner.”
Jerome Township residents will also decide a zoning matter at the ballot box. Residents will vote on the referendum of zoning resolution to rezone approximately 210.62 acres from Rural Residential District (RU) and Special Recreation District (SRE) to Planned Development District (PD).
If approved, the measure would reverse the zoning change that paved the way for the Rolling Meadows development which would add a housing development to the Rolling Meadows Golf Course on Industrial Parkway.
The housing development would bring several hundred single-family homes to Jerome Township.
Referendum filers expressed concern over the development being so close to two landfills as well as including golf course land as required green space in the design plans.
Jerome 2 voters will decide a local liquor option to allow Sunday sales at Aldi, Inc.
In the village of Richwood, voters are being asked to approve a trio of levies.
Richwood officials are asking voters to approve a five-year park operating levy. The levy request is for a renewal of 1 mill, with an increase of 2 mills. The owner of a $100,000 home currently pays $34.40 per year. If the levy is approved, the same home owner would pay $104.30. The levy is expected to generate about $74,185.
Village residents are also being asked to pass a 1.2 mills, five-year levy as well as a 3.2 mill levy, both for village operating expenses. Both levies are renewals. The owner of a $100,000 home pays $41.30 per year for one levy and $110.25 per year for the other. If passed, homeowners will not see an increase. The levies generate about $107,583 for the village.
Taylor Township residents are being asked to renew a 1 mill, five-year levy for cemetery maintenance. The owner of a $100,000 home pays $25.55 a year for the levy and that will not change if the renewal passes. The levy generates about $111,177 per year.
In Washington Township, voters will vote on the renewal of a 1.8 mills, 5 years levy to be used for the townships current operating expenses. The owner of a $100,000 home pays $33.60 per year for the levy and that will not change if the renewal is approved. The levy generates about $26,982 for the township.
There is a 5 mill, 5-year renewal levy on the ballot in the village of Magnetic Springs. The money, about $10,857 a year, would be used for current operating expenses. The owner of a $100,000 home in Magnetic Springs currently pays $156.45 and there will be no increase if the levy passes.
Voters in the Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District are being asked to approve a replacement, 10 mills levy for five years. Currently the owner of a $100,000 home pays $327.95 per year. If approved, the same homeowner will pay $350.
Voters in the Triad and Benjamin Logan school districts will be asked to vote on funding measures.
Triad voters will be asked to approve 1.75 mills bond issue for 25 years and 0.25 mills permanently. Money will be used for permanent improvements including the construction and equipping of a field house.
Benjamin Logan voters will decide on a 1.5% income tax to fund the current operations of the district.
In the City of Marysville’s Ward 2, Alan V. Seymour is the only candidate running for city council.
In the City of Marysville’s Ward 3, Deborah Groat is the only candidate running for city council.
In the Fairbanks Local School District, Mark Lippencott and Lisa Adkins are running to retain their two seats.
In the Jonathan Alder Local School District, incumbents Christine Blacka, Thomas Bichsel and Steven Votaw, along with Bill McCartney will compete for three seats. Shannon Foust is unopposed in her bid to retain the Jonathan Alder School board seat she was appointed to.
In the North Union Local School District, Matt Staley is unopposed in his bid to retain the seat he was appointed to. Rochelle L. Ehret, an incumbent, is unopposed for two seats on the board.
In Milford Center, incumbent Virgil Reisinger III will take on challenger Terri Kean, a current council member, for mayor. Incumbent Jeff William Parren is taking on Michael Burnett and Doug Burnett for two council seats. No one has filed for the fiscal officer position.
In Magnetic Springs Mayor Martha K. Cantrell is unopposed in her reelection bid. Current council member Deborah Lutz is unopposed in her bid for village council. There are two open seats.
Plain City Village Mayor Michael Darrin Lane is unopposed in his bid for reelection. John Rucker, an incumbent, and Daniel W. Fennell and Frank E. Reed are running for two seats on Plain City Village council.
Richwood Village Mayor Scott Jerew is unopposed in his bid for reelection.
Richwood Village Council incumbents Wm. Reddy Brown and Joseph D. Ridgeway are unopposed.
No candidates have filed for the Unionville Center mayor, fiscal officer or council seats.
In Allen Township, Trustee Don McCreary is unopposed in his bid for reelection. Fiscal Officer Lori LaCella is also unopposed.
In Claibourne Township Mary Lu Swartz and Cassandra Converse are running for fiscal officer. Dustin Converse is unopposed in his bid to become a Claibourne Township Trustee.
Darby Township Trustees Douglas J. Alderman and James R. Scheiderer are running unopposed in their bids to retain their current seats. Darby Township Fiscal Officer Connie Priday is also unopposed.
Dover Township Trustee Timothy Guider will be challenged by Tim Shier. Dover Township Fiscal Officer Beverly Low is unopposed.
In Jerome Township Ken Gordon, Mark Spagnuolo and Megan Sloat are running for one township trustee position. Jerome Township Fiscal Officer Robert Caldwell is unopposed.
Jackson Township Trustee Steve Patton and Fiscal Officer Jan Oldham are both unopposed.
In Leesburg Township Kevin L. Dotson is unopposed to become a trustee and Melissa Weigand is unopposed in her bid to be the new fiscal officer.
Liberty Township Trustee Jerry McClary is being challenged by John E. Holloway Jr. Current fiscal officer Jeff Rea, a write-in candidate, is unopposed.
In Millcreek Township Joe Liszeski and Scott Brackenridge are both vying to become fiscal officer. David Long is unopposed in his bid to become a trustee.
Paris Township Trustee Tony Eufinger and Fiscal Officer Ryan Lee are both unopposed.
In Taylor Township, C. Scott Weeks is taking on incumbent Trustee Robert D. Kroshefsky. Fiscal Officer Tina Marshall is unopposed.
In Union Township current Trustee Randy C. Poland and Fiscal Officer Summer Phelps are both unopposed.
Washington Township Trustee Carol C. Miller will take on challenger Richard Anderson. Fiscal Officer Julia L. Smith is unopposed.
York Township Trustee Logan Rife and Fiscal Officer Ryan E. Bugg are both unopposed.

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