Three seek commissioner’s post

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER
UPPER SANDUSKY — Republican voters in Wyandot County will select a nominee for county commissioner from a slate of three candidates in the May primary election.
There are no countywide issues on the ballot.
Carey and Mohawk school districts are asking voters to renew income taxes that pay for general operations, while Tri-Rivers Career Center, Marion, has continuing replacement and renewal levies on the ballot, according to the Wyandot County Board of Elections.
For county commissioner, incumbent Republican Ron Metzger, 11306 Township 81, Forest, will face Ed Boutwell, 1500 Hilltop Court, Carey, and Robin Schuster, 505 N. Fifth St., Upper Sandusky, for the party nomination.
Metzger, 59, was appointed by the county Republican Central Committee in June 2012 to replace Mike Wheeler, who resigned. Metzger was elected in 2012 to complete Wheeler’s unexpired term.
Earlier, Metzger was a Richland Township trustee for 10 years and a township clerk for 11 years. He is a self-employed building contractor.
Boutwell, 71, is a retired vocational agriculture teacher for Carey and Riverdale schools. He previously sought a commissioner’s seat in 2000.
Schuster, 56, is a florist in Upper Sandusky. He previously sought a commissioner’s seat in 2012.
Wyandot County commissioners serve a four-year term and are paid $40,888 annually.
No Democrats filed for the seat. Independents have until May 5 to file for the November general election.
Republican County Auditor George “Bill” Kitzler, 526 St. Mary’s Ave., Carey, is unopposed for re-election after no Democrats filed for the primary.
The auditor serves a four-year term. The next term begins March 10, 2015. The salary is $56,256 annually.
There are also unopposed candidates on the ballot for Republican and Democratic county central committee seats.
Carey School District is asking voters to renew a 1 percent, five-year income tax. The tax generates about $1.1 million annually, according to district Treasurer Karen Phillips.
The tax provides about 14 percent of general fund revenue, she said, and the money is used for all types of operating expenses, including utilities, supplies, salaries, equipment and student transportation.
The income tax was first approved in November 2004 and was the first new operating money approved by district residents since 1991.
The district is located in Wyandot and Seneca counties.
Likewise, Mohawk School District voters will decide a five-year income tax renewal, effective Jan. 1, 2016.
The tax generates about $1.25 million annually for daily operations. The district is located in Wyandot, Seneca and Crawford counties.
Separately, Tri-Rivers Career Center is seeking a 2.1-mill continuing levy and a 1-mill continuing levy.
The 2.1-mill tax, a replacement levy, would generate about $1.8 million annually. It was first approved in 1978.
If the replacement levy is approved, the increase in property taxes on a $100,000 home will be $42.20 per year, Treasurer Steve Earnest said.
The 1-mill tax, a renewal levy, generates about $869,000 annually. It was first approved in 1989.
The taxes are being sought as continuing levies because the need for the funds will not disappear with the state’s financial condition, especially in relation to school funding, Earnest said.
The vocational school district covers portions of seven counties, including Wyandot and Hardin, and has nine member school districts. The district also accepts open enrollment students.
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