Swanton area voters gave their approval to multiple tax issues in the May 7 special election.
Voters in the Swanton Local Schools district approved a five-year renewal of a 0.75% income tax by a tally of 569-373, according to unofficial results.
“We are very thankful for the support of our community in renewing the income tax. The $1.8 million generated by the income tax represents 13% of our revenues, and this renewal helps us to keep our revenue steady over the next few years,” said Swanton Superintendent Chris Lake. “Being able to accurately estimate how much money is coming into the district helps the treasurer, school board, and I plan for future projects, contracts and other initiatives.”
The renewal received at least 62% approval in each of the Fulton County precincts. In Lucas County there were 144 votes against and 101 votes for the income tax renewal. In Fulton County, there were 468 votes for and 229 against.
The Swanton Swancreek precinct, which includes the Village of Swanton south of Dodge Street, had the highest approval rate, with just over 70% of voters casting their ballot for the renewal.
“We always strive to be good custodians of the public’s money,” said Lake. “I believe this is reflected in the fact that the district has only had to seek renewals over the last few levy cycles rather than seeking additional money.
“Again, the support of the community is greatly appreciated as we continue on our mission to make Swanton the district of choice in the area.”
Two renewal levies in the Village of Swanton were also approved. A five-year, 2-mill fire levy was approved by a vote of 344-105, and a five-year, 0.5-mill parks levy passed 312-130.
“On behalf of Swanton Village Council and Mayor Roth, I thank the voters in the Village of Swanton for their continued support of the park levy and fire levy,” said Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle. “These two levies are vital for continued service provision.”
The park levy generates approximate $30,000 per year for park maintenance. The Village of Swanton also has a separate park levy but it was not on the ballot this cycle. In total, the two park levies generate just over $60,000 annually for park maintenance.
“Village officials will evaluate the park levies over the next year if any changes are needed, especially with the Master Plan work,” said Hoelzle.
“The fire levy is important to continue all the great fire suppression, fire prevention, and fire education services the division provides,” she added.
In Fulton Township, a five-year, 0.75-mill renewal levy for roads was approved 177-60. Amboy Township voters said yes to a five-year, 1-mill renewal levy for fire and EMS by a vote of 64-8.
Overall in Fulton County, voter turnout was 12.21%. Swanton Swancreek had the highest turnout at 19.22%. Fulton Township’s turnout was just 4.08%.