Butler, Jefferson Township voters say yes to local tax levies

BELLVILLE — Voters in the Clear Fork Valley were generous when it came to village and township officials asking for money in Tuesday’s General Election

In the Village of Butler, voters said yes, by a vote of 266-71, to a 2.0 mill, five-year levy to pay for repairs to streets and bridges. Voters also approved approved an additional tax levy of 2.0 mills for five-year to support operations of the Village Police Department. That issue passed 203-130.

Jefferson Township voters approved a 2.0 mill, five-year fire maintenance levy by a final tally of 1,482-6310. They also approved a continuing levy of 1.4 mills for Fire Maintenance/Emergency Services by a vote of 1,294-786. Also, voters in Jefferson Township narrowly approved the Natural Gas Aggregation issue, 966-984 and and the Electric Aggregation issue 1,008-954.

Richland County voters easily passed the Children Services Levy — 1.o mill for 10 years — by a vote of 25,696-17,735. County voters however were less than supportive of State Issue 1, which also failed across Ohio. In Richland County, 74 percent of voters said “no” to its passage

One spot on the Richland County Board of Commissioners was up for grabs. Incumbent Marilyn John beat Rebecca Hergatt, 27,142-16,000.

Currenty Richland County Auditor Patrick Dropsey was unopposed.

Phillip Naumoff was the top vote-getter— in a three-way race — with almost 52 percent of the votes for judge of Richland County’s Court of Common Pleas.

In the race for State Representative in Ohio’s 2nd District, Richland County voters gave Mark Romanchuk almost 68 percent of the votes.

In the 12th Congressional District voters gave Troy Balderson almost 60 percent of their votes and Bob Gibbs got almost 68 percent of the votes in the 7th Congressional District.

Romanchuk, Balderson and Gibbs won their races.

Richland County voters did not pick the winner in the race between Jim Renacci and Sherrod Brown in a race for the U.S. House of Representatives. Brown survived across the state and will begin his third term in January



Staff report