Local fire/EMS levies approved

Evergreen income tax issue supported

Staff Report

Area issues received broad approval from voters during Tuesday’s election.

Two fire levies were approved in the Swanton area. Swancreek Township’s 1.5-mill and increase fire and EMS was approved 1,807-1,465. A 1-mill additional fire and EMS levy in Fulton Township passed 699-565.

A 0.7-mill operational levy for the Four County ADAMhs Board was approved 10,761-5,170 in Fulton County and was also approved overall.

Fulton County school districts with levies all fared well. An Evergreen Local Schools 0.5 percent income tax renewal and decrease was approved 1,664-1,440.

We are thankful to the Evergreen community for their ongoing support of the district and the passage of this levy,” said Evergreen Schools Superintendent Eric Smola. “It is not often that school districts have the opportunity to reduce the taxes in their district, and we will continue to be conscientious of district resources and work to be good stewards of district finances.”

Pike-Delta-York schools passed a 6.65-mills substitute of the district’s current emergency levy 1,658-1,329. Doing a substitute levy instead of straight renewal allows the district to generate new dollars. This money comes from new construction and as tax abatements expire and become taxable. Taxes for current property owners do not increase.

Lucas County voters approved a children services 1.85-mill renewal levy 104,777-41,380, a 1-mill mental health renewal 108,172-38,265, and a 0.4-mill port authority renewal 93,591-50,177.

The bond issue for a new Lucas County jail was voted down 84,986-58,826.

Statewide, Issue 1, which would have lessened penalties for drug possession, was soundly defeated.

Evergreen income tax issue supported

Staff Report