2014-05-07 / Front Page

Library, Senior Center, Township Levies Pass

Voters in the Archbold area in Fulton and Henry counties were in a generous mood during the Tuesday, May 6 primary election, handily passing the three property tax levies put before them.

The Archbold Community Library seven-tenths (.7) mill property tax levy passed 523-114, not quite a five-to-one margin in favor of the five-year renewal.

The library levy went before voters in all or parts of seven precincts covered by the Archbold Area School District. Each precinct approved the renewal.

The levy will provide the library with about $133,000 each year to fund ongoing operations.

The Fulton County Senior Center levy, made up of a renewal of 1.1 mills, plus an additional half (.5) mill, passed 3,256-1,913. All Archbold precincts, German, Franklin and Dover townships, and the Pettisville precinct passed the measure.

The renewal will bring in about $1.34 million in revenue for the Senior Center.

The German Township levy renewal for repair and resurfacing of roads was approved by a better than fiveto one margin, 442-86. All or parts of five precincts voted on the levy.

It passed in every precinct.

The levy will generate about $84,000 for the township.

State Issue 1, a state constitutional amendment that will allow Ohio to sell bonds to finance local infrastructure improvements, passed easily in both Fulton and Henry counties.

Fulton County voters approved the measure 3,101- 1,869. Henry County, passed it 2,403-1,622.

Among the four unopposed candidates for the Republican Party nominations for Fulton County offices, Brett Kolb received the largest number of votes, with 2,505.

He is seeking the GOP nomination for reelection as county auditor.

Jeffrey L. Rupp received the second-largest number of votes. The candidate for the GOP nomination for county commissioner tallied 2,486 votes.

If he wins the general election, he will replace Perry Rupp, who chose not to seek reelection.

Michael J. Bumb, candidate for the GOP nomination for judge of the Fulton County juvenile and probate courts, received 2,431 votes.

Char Lee, who was seeking the GOP nomination for county treasurer, earned 2,390 votes. She will be the Republican nominee in the general election to fill out the unexpired term left by the November 2013 retirement of Beverly Schlosser.

In Henry County, Thomas Von Deylen, county commissioner, received 2,394 votes in his bid for Republican nomination for the general election.

Kevin Garringer, county auditor, received 2,259 votes in his bid for the GOP nomination. Both were unopposed.

Grace Speiser, deputy director of the Henry County Board of Elections, said voter turnout there was about 27%.

Kandace Lemley, deputy director of the Fulton County Board of Elections, said turnout in Fulton County was 18.32%.

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