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Fulton County Voters Face One Contested Race Nov. 4




When Fulton County voters go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 4, they will have one contested local race to decide.

Michael T. VanWagner, rural Swanton, Democrat, is challenging Dean Genter, rural Pettisville, Republican, for a county commissioner seat. Genter has held the post since 2001.

Also, Swanton Democrat David J. Pillod, Swanton, is challenging incumbent Republican Bruce Goodwin for the 74th District Ohio House of Representatives. The 74th district includes all of Fulton and Williams counties and parts of Defi ance County.

In Henry County, one incumbent commissioner faces a challenge for his seat, while another seat is up for grabs.

Republican Robert E. Hastedt, rural Hamler, is running against Democrat Robin Weirauch, rural Napoleon, for county commissioner.

Incumbent Democratic commissioner Richard C. Myers, rural Liberty Center, faces a challenge from David A. Cordes, a Republican, Napoleon.

Unopposed

In Fulton County, the remaining elected officials to the county courthouse are unopposed. They are Sandra Barber, recorder; Paul Barnaby, commissioner; Michael Bumb, probate and juvenile court judge; Mary Gype, clerk of courts; Scott Haselman, prosecutor; Darrell Merillat, sheriff; Harry Murtiff, coroner; Frank Onweller, engineer; Beverly Schlosser, treasurer.

In Henry County, unopposed elected officials are Randolf Germann, engineer; John Hanna, prosecutor; Sara Myles, recorder; John Nye, sheriff; Marek Skoskiewicz, coroner; Calvin Spiess, treasurer; Judy Sonnenberg, clerk of courts.

Issues

Across Fulton and Henry counties, voters will be asked to approve a replacement tax levy for the Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services. The levy is seven-tenths (.7) of a mill for five years.

In both counties, voters in the Pettisville Local School District will vote on a bond issue for $4.83 million to construct a new school building. The majority of the money for the school, $17.5 million, will come from the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

The bond issue will be repaid over 28 years. The average millage will be 7.36.

Included in the request is a half-mill (.5) continuing property tax levy for upkeep of the building.

Voters in Dover Township will be asked to renew a onemill, five-year levy for fire, rescue and ambulance protection.

In Henry County, voters will be asked to renew a two-mill, five-year levy for the Henry County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Money will go for services to children and adults.

Voters also will decide the fate of a new five-year, eighttenths (.8) of a mill property tax levy for the Henry County Senior Center. The levy will be collected for five years.

Fulton County

Other issues going before voters:

Evergreen Schools: .75% income tax renewal for current expenses, five years; Fulton Township: 1.5 mills additional property tax levy, five years, for fire, rescue, and ambulance protection;

Pike-Delta-York Schools: 4.1-mill property tax levy renewal, five years, for emergency requirements; Royalton Township: 1 mill property tax levy replacement, five years, for maintaining roads;

Swanton Schools: income tax renewal and decrease, from 1.25% to .75%, five years, for current expenses; Swanton Schools: half-mill (.5) additional property tax levy, five years, for current expenses.

Henry County

Other issues going before voters:

Damascus Township: 2 mill property tax levy renewal, five years, for current operating expenses, commencing January 2009; Flatrock Township: 1.4 mills additional property tax levy, five years, for purchasing and maintaining fire equipment; Flatrock Township, precinct 15, liquor option, Sunday sales between 10 am and midnight, Miami Erie Market;

Harrison Township, 1.5 mills property tax levy renewal, three years, for fire protection; Holgate Schools, 2.39 mills, property tax renewal, five years, emergency requirements of the district, commencing in 2009; Marion Township, 1.8 mills property tax levy renewal, five years, for current operating expenses, commencing January 2009;

City of Napoleon, charter amendment Issue 1-mayor, transitional provisions; City of Napoleon, charter amendment Issue 2-council, V-boards, and commissions, transitional provisions; Napoleon Area City Schools, 7.9 mills property tax renew, continuing, for operating expenses, commencing in 2009.


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