Wyandot County commissioner facing two challengers in May

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

UPPER SANDUSKY — Wyandot County Commissioner Ron Metzger will face two challengers in the Republican primary in May.

Also in May, Carey and Mohawk school districts will ask voters to renew income taxes, according to the Wyandot County Board of Elections.

Tri-Rivers Joint Vocational School District, Marion, has replacement and renewal levies on the ballot. The vocational district covers seven counties, including Wyandot and Hardin.

Candidates and issues for the May primary had to be submitted to the elections board by last week.
For county commissioner, Metzger, of 11306 Township Highway 81, Forest, will face Ed Boutwell, 1500 Hilltop Court, Carey, and Robin Schuster, 505 N. Fifth St., Upper Sandusky, in the Republican primary.

Metzger, 57, was elected in November 2012 to complete an unexpired term. He was appointed to the post earlier in 2012 after Commissioner Mike Wheeler retired.

Previously, Metzger was a Richland Township trustee for 10 years and township clerk for 11 years. He is a self-employed building contractor.

Boutwell is a retired vocational agriculture teacher for Carey and Riverdale schools. He previously sought a commissioner’s seat in 2000.

Schuster is a florist in Upper Sandusky. He previously sought a commissioner’s seat in 2012.

Wyandot County commissioners serve four-year terms and are paid $40,888 annually.

No Democrats filed for the commissioner post. Independent candidates have until May 5 to file for the November general election.

County Auditor George “Bill” Kitzler of 526 St. Mary’s Ave., Carey, is unopposed for re-election. He is a Republican. No Democrats filed to run for the post.

The auditor serves a four-year term. His salary is $56,256 annually.

Carey school board approved a resolution in December to ask voters to renew the school’s 1 percent income tax for five years.

The tax generated about $1.13 million last year for day-to-day district expenses and has averaged about $1 million annually.

The tax was first approved in 2004. At the time, it was the first new operating money approved by district residents since 1991. It was renewed by voters in 2008.

The school district is located in Wyandot and Seneca counties.

Likewise, Mohawk School District voters will decide a 1 percent, five-year income tax renewal.

The tax was approved in 2009. When approved, it generated about $1.25 million annually for daily operations.

The district is located in portions of Wyandot, Seneca and Crawford counties.

Separately, Tri-Rivers Joint Vocational School District is seeking a 2.1-mill continuing levy, and a 1-mill continuing levy.

The 2.1-mill replacement levy would generate $3.9 million annually. It was first approved in 1978.

The 1-mill renewal levy generates $975,168 annually and was first approved in 1989.

The issues are being sought as continuing, or permanent, levies because the need for the funds will not disappear, district officials said.

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