By ERIC SCHAADT
BOWLING GREEN — The Wood County electorate gave its blessings to two countywide levies Tuesday.
And Elmwood School District voters renewed a pair of income taxes that fund general operating expenses.
Vote totals include absentee ballots and are unofficial.
According to the Wood County Board of Elections, a 1-mill, 10-year replacement levy for the Wood County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services passed 32,061 to 15,901 (67 percent to 33 percent).
The tax represents 34 percent of the board’s annual revenue and brings in $3.2 million a year.
Also, voters approved the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ request to renew a 2.95-mill levy, with a reduction of 0.50 mill, for operational expenses.
The vote was 34,546 to 13,172 (72 percent to 28 percent).
The five-year, 2.45-mill request will generate about $7 million annually.
The millage decrease was sought, according to published reports, because board members indicated they could handle the reduction and still provide services.
Elmwood School District voters renewed a 0.75 percent, five-year income tax for current expenses by a tally of 1,384 to 944.
First approved in 1991, the tax generates $1.1 million annually.
District voters also accepted the renewal of a 0.50 percent income tax for five years by a count of 1,451 to 884.
This generates $756,000 annually for current expenses. The tax was first approved in 1995.
Incumbent Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich, a Republican, swept past Democrat Buddy Ritson by margin of 28,102 to 19,164.
Oestreich, 38, of Wayne, has been county auditor for a year, and has been employed in that office 18 years.
Wayne Public Library won approval of a 1-mill renewal levy for a continuing period by a vote margin of 1,426 to 839.
The levy generates $158,680 annually for current expenses.
State issue, candidates
Here’s how Wood County voted on the state issue and statewide races:
• State Issue 1, to reduce criminal penalties for obtaining, possessing and using illegal drugs: Yes, 18,189. No, 30,300.
• Governor: Republican Mike DeWine, 24,687; Democrat Richard Cordray, 22,230; Libertarian Travis Irvine, 1,131; Constance Gadell-Newton of Green Party, 640.
• U.S. senator: Republican Jim Renacci, 21,629; Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, 26,624.
• State attorney general: Democrat Steve Dettelbach, 22,567; Republican Dave Yost, 25,307.
• State auditor: Libertarian Robert Coogan, 2,343; Republican Keith Faber, 24,308; Democrat Zack Space, 20,664.
• Secretary of state: Democrat Kathleen Clyde, 21,602; Republican Frank LaRose, 24,506; Libertarian Dustin Nanna, 1,376.
• State treasurer: Republican Robert Sprague, 26,281; Democrat Rob Richardson, 21,045.
• Ohio Supreme Court seat: Republican Craig Baldwin, 13,002; Democrat Michael Donnelly, 23,701.
• Ohio Supreme Court seat: Democrat Melody Stewart, 17,254; Republican Justice Mary DeGenaro, 18,552.