Two countywide levies on Wyandot ballots

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

UPPER SANDUSKY — Two countywide tax issues, one for Angeline School and Industries and the other for a three-county mental health and recovery services agency, will be before Wyandot County voters on Nov. 7.

According to information from the Wyandot County Board of Elections, Angeline School and Industries, operated by the Wyandot County Board of Developmental Disabilities, is seeking an additional 1.5-mill, five-year property tax for programs, services, operations and maintenance.

The tax, first due in 2018, would generate $826,515 annually. The owner of a residential property appraised at $100,000 would pay $52.50 annually, according to information from Wyandot County Auditor Bill Kitzler.

Angeline currently has a 2.95-mill continuous levy.

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot Counties is seeking a 0.6-mill, 10-year levy, first collected in 2018. The tax would generate $330,660 annually for services just in Wyandot County, including “community addiction services providers and community mental health services providers; acquisition, renovation, financing, maintenance and operation of alcohol and drug addiction facilities and mental health facilities.”

The owner of a residential property appraised at $100,000 would pay $21 annually.

This levy would replace a 0.8-mill levy, effective since 2008, which will expire at year-end 2017.

There are also township, village and city issues on the ballot.

Carey candidates

In Carey, three individuals are seeking to complete the unexpired term of former Mayor Armand Getz through December 2019. Getz resigned April 1 and was replaced by Jennifer Rathburn, who was council president. The mayor serves a four-year term.

Candidates for the unexpired term are:

  • Rathburn, of 4 Orchard Court, an independent candidate.
  • Former Village Solicitor and mayor Robert T. Maison, 323 Lakeland Drive, a Republican.
  • Former Councilman John W. Green, 104 Beckwith Drive, a Democrat.

Five individuals, including three incumbents, are seeking four available seats on Carey Council. Members serve four-year terms.

The incumbents are:

  • Anthony Fletcher, of 403 Dogwood Lane, an independent. Fletcher was selected in April to fill the council vacancy created when Rathburn became mayor.
  • His brother, Chase Fletcher, of 307 W. North St., is council president. A Democrat, he replaced Getz on council when Getz became mayor.
  • Republican Robert E. Styer Jr., of 620 E. Findlay St., is a longtime councilman.

Also on the ballot are: James Knox, of 400 Magnolia Lane, a Republican, and Dario J. Troiano, of 504 Crabapple Drive, an independent.

Councilman Chad Kin, a Republican, did not seek re-election.

Three nonpartisan candidates for Carey school board are unopposed for three available seats. Members serve four-year terms.

Jason M. Arend, of 15622 Wyandot County Highway 4, will replace longtime board member Mark Armstrong. Armstrong has served 20 years and is not seeking re-election.

Incumbents Matthew Stombaugh, of 3725 Wyandot County Highway 97, and Tony J. Wenzinger, of 228 S. Lake St., will retain their seats for another term.

Upper Sandusky

Six candidates are seeking four positions on Upper Sandusky Council.

The candidates are: incumbent Democrat Roxanna L. Karg, 1115 Edgewood Drive; independent Tom Karcher, 641 Riverview Drive; Republican Aaron Korte, 230 Maple Drive; incumbent Republican Donald C. Spiegel, 470 N. Fourth St.; Republican John M. Walker, 114 Westbrook Blvd., Unit C; and incumbent Republican Kenneth Wessler, 140 River’s Edge Lane.

Three nonpartisan candidates for Upper Sandusky school board are unopposed.

They are: incumbent Jeffrey A. Conley, 8605 Wyandot County Highway 50; Eric D. Landversicht, 602 Warpole St.; and incumbent Neil R. Kinley, 580 Sunset Drive.

Townships

There will be several township trustee races within The Courier’s circulation area. Two trustee seats are up for election in each township, and most candidates are unopposed.

Candidates are:

Mifflin Township — Doug Maltsbarger, 16457 Township Highway 97; John D. Pool, 14841 Township Highway 103; Russell L. Smith, 11828 Township Highway 58; William Trautwein, 17738 Wyandot County Highway 96; and Brian Young, 14066 Wyandot County Highway 64, all of Upper Sandusky.

Richland Township — Dave Altvater, 9053 Wyandot County Highway 91; Nicholas R. Derr, 7934 Wyandot County Highway 91; and Philip L. Passet, 17581 Township Highway 49, all of Wharton.

Salem Township — Ken Derr, 8455 Wyandot County Highway 96, Wharton; Jack Gottfried, 13383 Wyandot County Highway 47, and Jon E. Zimmerman, 11361 Wyandot County Highway 97, both of Upper Sandusky.

Tax issues

Other tax issues on the ballot include:

  • Upper Sandusky is seeking renewal of 1.3 mills for five years to help fund current expenses. The tax generates $48,950 annually and costs the owner of a $100,000 appraised residential property $7.94 annually.
  • Sycamore is seeking renewal of 2 mills for five years for fire protection. The tax generates $18,928 annually.
  • Harpster is seeking renewal of 2 mills for five years for current expenses. The tax generates $6,437 annually.
  • Nevada is seeking renewal of 1.5 mills for five years for current expenses. The tax generates $3,158 annually.

Five townships are also seeking levies:

  • Crane Township — additional 0.5-mill, five-year levy for current expenses. The tax would generate $75,044 annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 residential property $17.50 a year.
  • Eden North Fire District — 1.4-mill, five-year renewal levy for fire operations and emergency medical services. The tax generates $10,435 annually.
  • Marseilles Township — 1-mill, five-year renewal levy for current expenses. The tax generates $8.130 annually.
  • Ridge Township — 1.5-mill, five-year renewal levy for fire operations and emergency medical services. The tax generates $10,245 annually.
  • Sycamore Township — 1-mill, five-year renewal levy for fire operations and emergency medical services. The tax generates $12,986 annually.

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