Voters in the Archbold area were feeling generous, as the
Pettisville School District income tax and fire levies for both German and
Franklin townships were approved in Tuesday’s election.
The German Township fire levy, which replaced an existing half-mill (.5)
property tax levy, passed, 1,253 in favor to 239 opposed. That’s a 1,014-vote
margin of victory, out of a total of 1,492 votes cast.
“That just shows the support the citizens of Archbold and German Township
give us,” Andy Brodbeck, Archbold Fire Department chief, said.
“I can’t tell you how much we appreciate that support. Knowing it was on the
table, in the hands of the citizens, we had some anxious moments. But we felt
positive about it, based on the encouragement we were getting from citizens.
“This is big for us,” Brodbeck said.
The money generated by the replacement levy will be used for the purchase,
repair, or replacement of firefighting equipment, including fire trucks. The
levy will remain on the books for five years.
Archbold Village Council
In the four-way scramble for three seats on Archbold village council,
incumbent Ed Leininger was the top vote-getter with 812, followed by Kevin
Eicher, 766, and incumbent Kevin Morton, 622. The three shut out Vaughn Bentz,
former councilman and current Archbold Park Board member, who picked up 528
“I’m very pleased, and very excited” to be starting a second term on council,
“People say it’s a thankless job, but it’s truly not. I’ve had the joy of
serving under a good mayor, with great councilmen,” he said.
“I’m very happy,” Eicher said. “I can’t wait until the first of January, so I
can sit on the village council, help the village out, and the people out,” he
“I’m pleased and humbled,” Morton said. “Anytime you get elected in your
hometown, it’s a humbling experience. We have a lot going on, and I’m looking
forward to being involved.”
The passage of the Pettisville School District issue converted the current 1%
income tax from one that must be renewed periodically to a continuing, or
permanent, tax. Voters approved the continuing income tax 281 votes in favor, to
163 opposed, a 118-vote margin of victory.
The final total includes one vote in favor of the tax from Ridgeville
Township, the only vote cast in that township on that issue. While there are
Pettisville School District voters in Henry County’s Freedom Township, no votes
were cast there on the Pettisville income tax question.
Steve Switzer, Pettisville School District superintendent, said he was very
pleased with the results.
“We will try to do well with the resources provided. We will try to be good
stewards of those resources.”
Revenue from the income tax makes up about 10% of the school district budget,
so in terms of having, or not having, the income tax, “it’s very critical,”
Franklin Township voters approved their six-tenths (.6) of a mill additional
fire levy, 111 in favor to 35 opposed, a more than three-to-one margin of
In German Township, Kenneth “Skip” Leupp won the twoway race for township
trustee, defeating Stephen Lange, a former township trustee, 814 to 662, a
152-vote margin of victory.
Keith Short defeated incum- bent Mari Yoder by 293 votes for the post of
fiscal officer. The final count was 879 for Short, to 586 for Yoder.
There were upsets in Henry County’s Ridgeville Township. Robert Hesterman
defeated incumbent Roger Miller for a seat on the township trustees, 202 to 142.
In the race for fiscal officer, challenger Cheryl Bostelman defeated
incumbent Virginia Miller, 197 to 142.
Voters decided to establish a park in Ridgeville, by a vote of 281 in favor
to 64 opposed. The final count represents a four-toone margin of victory.
Voters in the Gorham-Fayette School District approved a five-year renewal of
a seventhtenths (.7) of a mill property tax levy for operating expenses, 293 in
favor, to 249 opposed.
In the four-way race for three seats on the Gorham-Fayette school board,
David Brinegar (355 votes), Kirk Keiser (397), and Karen Joy King (325), were
elected, leaving Terry Kovar (252) the odd man out.
Debra Leininger defeated Frederick Stockburger 293 to 227 for an unexpired
term on the Gorham-Fayette School Board.
Jim Wyse, unopposed incumbent Archbold mayor, picked up 925 votes, while
Scott Miller and David Yoder, unopposed incumbents for running for reelection to
their Archbold Area School Board seats, netted 1,310 votes and 1,170 votes,
respectively. The totals include Henry County votes.
Dan Sauder, unopposed in his bid for an unexpired term on the Pettisville
School Board, was the top vote-getter among Pettisville School Board candidates,
Dan Bruner and Tom Beck were running, unopposed, for reelection to their
seats on the Pettisville Board, and received 378 votes and 338 votes
respectively. Each candidate received one vote from Henry County.
In the three-way race for two seats on Fayette Village Council, Ruth Marlatt
and Michael Maginn were the winners, with 173 and 143 votes, respectively.
They shut out Eugene Rosinski, who garnered 92.
Anita VanZile, unopposed in her reelection bid for Fayette Mayor, received
There were two unopposed candidates in Franklin Township. Mark Ballmer
received 112 votes for trustee, while John Winzeler received 122 votes for
Larry Neuenschwander received 1,613 votes in his unopposed reelection bid for
Clinton Township Trustee. Judy Warncke had 1,557 votes cast for her for fiscal
officer. She, too, was unopposed.
In Dover Township, voters chose Sue Dieringer to serve as fiscal officer. She
received 180 votes to Rhonda Borton’s 147.
Larry Burkholder was unopposed in his bid for Dover Township Trustee. Voters
cast 270 ballots for him.
Randy Merillat received 358 votes for Gorham Township Trustee. Merillat was
unopposed, as was township fiscal officer candidate Michael Figgins, who picked
up 379 votes.
There were three unopposed candidates in Freedom Township. Scott Van
Valkenburg received 178 votes for trustee, while Alan Damman, running for an
unexpired trustee term, received 212 votes.
Dennis J. Bockelman was the lone candidate for Freedom Township fiscal
officer. He received 204 votes.
Henry County voters passed an additional 1.9-mill levy for three years for
the Country View Haven county home.