Hancock County ballot issues set


Liberty-Benton and Van Buren school districts have building issues on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Seven other tax issues and one liquor question also will be on the ballot in parts of Hancock County. Arlington, Jenera, Mount Blanchard, Allen Township, and two libraries are putting tax requests before voters.

The deadline to place tax issues on the fall ballot was Wednesday.

Liberty-Benton School District is seeking a combined property tax and income tax to pay for construction of a new kindergarten through eighth-grade building. The combined tax would raise $19.5 million. The Ohio School Facilities Commission is expected to pay the balance of the $32 million price tag.

The property tax is estimated to be about 5 mills, and the income tax is estimated to be a quarter-percent. Both taxes would be for 23 years.

Last November, 53 percent of district voters rejected a 6.5-mill tax package that would have funded the construction.

Van Buren School District is seeking a 7-mill, 30-year bond issue to fund a $28.7 million building project. If passed, the tax would fund the construction of 34 classrooms, a gym, replacement of heating and cooling systems, and relocation of the district’s bus garage to another site.

The $28.7 million bond issue is a slightly smaller version of a $29.3 million proposal that voters turned down in May with 853 votes, or 62 percent, against it, according to the Hancock County Board of Elections. That bond issue had 527 voters in favor.

The Village of Arlington is asking voters to approve two tax issues for its Fire Department. Voters will be asked to replace a 2.5-mill levy, and approve an additional 1-mill levy. Both levies are for five years and would be used to purchase and maintain equipment. Both would commence in 2015.

Jenera is seeking the renewal of its 4-mill operating levy for five years.

Mount Blanchard is asking voters to renew a 5-mill operating levy for five years.

Allen Township is asking voters to renew a 0.9-mill levy to purchase and maintain equipment for its Fire Department. The levy would commence in 2015 and last five years.

The Forest-Jackson Public Library, 102 W. Lima St. Forest, is seeking the renewal of a 0.7-mill levy for operating expenses for five years. The tax will be on the ballot in parts of Hardin, Wyandot and Hancock counties.

A Wayne Public Library levy will be on a few ballots in Hancock County. The library, which serves the Elmwood School District, is seeking an additional 1-mill, five-year operating levy.

There is one liquor permit on the Hancock County ballot. Bright Road Beverage, 1700 Romick Parkway, Findlay, is asking voters in its precinct to allow Sunday sales from 10 a.m. to midnight.

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