Issues highlight May ballot in area

By Drew Stambaugh -

There will be no candidates on the ballot this May but area residents will have issues on which to decide.

There will be one countywide issue on the ballot in Fulton County. The Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities will seek a 2-mill renewal and 0.6-mill increase for services and facilities for five years.

There are no countywide issues in Lucas County.

For voters in the Swanton area, there will be two issues on the ballot on May 2. Village residents will decide whether to increase the village income tax from 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent.

“As an elected official, I want to maintain the level of services our community has come to expect and move forward as a village,” said Swanton Councilman Michael Rochelle. “We all have experienced costs that have increased since 1989 (the last time the income tax rate was increased) and it becomes necessary to increase funding for the village too.”

Voters in the entire school district will see a 5-year, 4.45-mill renewal levy for emergency requirements. The levy raises a fixed amount of $825,000 each year.

Voters in Delta will decide on a trio of renewal levies. There will be two 5-year, 0.5-mill renewals for fire protection.

There will also be a 5-year, 5-mill renewal levy for police protection decided on by voters.

Elsewhere in Fulton County, Chesterfield Township residents will vote on a 5-year, 0.7-mill replacement levy for fire and EMS protection.

Clinton Township voters will decide on a 5-year, 0.5-mill renewal levy for Wauseon Union Cemetery. In German Township, voters are asked to approve a 5-year, 0.5-mill renewal levy for fire protection.

By Drew Stambaugh

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010.

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010.