By ERIC SCHAADT
STAFF WRITER

NAPOLEON — Henry County voters will choose a new county prosecutor and a new county recorder on Nov. 8.

In the race for prosecutor, Republican Thomas Manahan, 60, of Napoleon, is vying against Democrat Gwen Howe-Gebers, 53, of rural Holgate.

An attorney, Manahan also is a prosecutor for the city of Napoleon.

Howe-Gebers is an assistant Wood County prosecutor.

Neither has held an elected public office.

The Henry County prosecutor’s salary in 2017 will be $64,203 if that person retains a private practice or $114,809 if the prosecutor does not have a private practice, according to the Henry County Auditor’s Office.

The term is for four years.

Manahan unseated county Prosecutor Hawken Flanagan in the Republican primary last spring.

The winner of the race for county recorder will replace Sara Myles, who is not running for another four-year term.

On the ballot are Republican Brandi Baden and Democrat Dawn Bischoff, both of rural Napoleon, and independent candidate Christy Prigge of Hamler.

Prigge, 39, is employed in the county recorder’s office. Baden, 29, is a deputy auditor in the Henry County Auditor’s Office.

Bischoff is chief deputy clerk of the Henry County family court, juvenile division.

None of the three has held elected public office.

The recorder’s salary in Henry County will be $47,599 in 2017.

In the lone countywide tax issue, the Henry County Health District is seeking renewal of a 1.2-mill tax for five years to finance operating expenses.

The levy raises $724,000 a year, according to the auditor’s office. A person with a house appraised at $100,000 pays $30 a year.

Deshler voters will decide whether to renew a five-year, 1.4-mill levy for current expenses.

The levy generates $15,700 a year. A person with a $100,000 house pays $16.85 a year.

Holgate voters will consider an additional 2.15-mill, continuing levy for streets and bridge construction.

If enacted, the levy would generate $25,000 annually and a person with a $100,000 home would pay $75.25 a year.

Henry County voters will join the electorate in nearby counties in casting ballots on a 0.7-mill renewal levy for five years for current expenses of the Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services.

The agency provides services to those in Williams, Fulton, Defiance and Henry counties.

The levy generates $1.7 million a year, according to the Defiance County Auditor’s Office. A person with a $100,000 home pays $16.75 annually.

Also, the Four County Joint Vocational School District is seeking an additional tax levy of 1 mill for a continuing time to fund current expenses.

Numbers from the Fulton County Auditor’s Office indicate the levy would bring in $3.3 million annually.

A person with a $100,000 house would pay $35 a year.

The vocational school district spans Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties.

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