German, Clinton Township Levies On March 16 Ballot



Voters in German and Clinton townships are being asked to approve property tax measures when they cast ballots in the Tuesday, March 19 Primary Election.

At the county level, no challengers face the current slate of county office holders, who are members of the Republican party. There are no Democratic challengers for any of their posts.

In Henry County, there is a race for the GOP nomination for sheriff, plus Democratic and Republican nominations for commissioner.

German Township

German Township Trustees are asking voters to approve a renewal of their 1- mill, five-year levy for the “general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing, and repair of roads.”

Based on Ohio law, the millage of a property tax is reduced to prevent that tax from increasing as property values appreciate. The reduced millage is called the effective millage.

When a taxing body, such as trustees, ask that a property tax levy be renewed by voters, the reductions in the millage continues.

If voters approve a replacement as approved to a renewal, the millage is reset to the original voted amount.

Annie Hernandez, fiscal officer in the office of the Fulton County Auditor, said the 1-mill road levy was first approved in 1971. The law that reduces the millage went into effect in 1976.

Hernandez said the levy has been renewed nine times, but it was replaced and reset to the original millage in 2019.

Since 2019, the 1 mill has been reduced to .719659 mill.

For the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, the levy costs about $25.19 per year, she said.

Clinton Township

Clinton Township Trustees seek a replacement of their 1.54-mill, five-year levy for fire protection services.

Hernandez said the levy was first passed in 2019 as a five-year levy. This is the first time voters are asked to approve the levy since 2019.

Since then, the levy has been reduced to a current effective millage of 1.100474.

The trustees decided to ask voters to replace the levy, so if voters approve the question, the millage will reset back to 1.54.

For a home valued at $100,000, the effective millage results in a yearly cost of $35.17.

If the reset is approved, the cost will be $53.90, an addition of $18.73.

Ohio House

Voters in Fulton County can cast partisan ballots for the 81st Ohio House of Representatives district seat.

The 81st District also includes Henry County.

For Republicans, incumbent James M. Hoops of Napoleon is running.

On the Democratic side, Gene Redinger, Bryan, is running as a write-in candidate.

For the Ohio 9th District seat in the U.S. House of representatives, four Republicans are running for the chance to defeat Democratic incumbent Marcy Kaptur, Toledo.

Running are J.R., Majewski, Port Clinton;, Steve Lankenau, rural Defiance; Derek Merrin, Maumee; and Craig S. Riedel, Defiance.

For U.S. Senate, Republicans Matt Dolan, Frank LaRose, and Bernie Moreno are running for the chance to face incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown.

Henry County

In Henry County, there are no countywide levies or any levies impacting Ridgeville or Freedom townships.

Three Republicans are vying for nomination for county sheriff: Arlen Cohrs, rural Defiance; Ed Biederstedt, rural Napoleon; and Marc Ruskey, rural Napoleon.There is no Democratic challenger.

For Henry County Commissioner, Republican Melinda Fritz, Napoleon, is unopposed in a run for an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2026.

Republicans G. Jeff Brubaker, Hamler, and Gerald Jay Branson, Liberty Center, are seeking the nomination for the commissioner term beginning Jan. 3, 2025. Paula Skeens, rural Deshler, is seeking the Democratic nomination.

Glenn Miller, Napoleon, is the lone Republican seeking his party’s nomination for the commissioner term starting Jan. 2, 2025. He is the incumbent.

Maribel Gonzalez-Perry, McClure, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Miller and Gonzalez-Perry will face each other in the fall.

Bob Latta, incumbent U.S. Representative, a Republican, faces the challenge of Robert L. Owsiak, Jr., Sheffield Lake, for the GOP nomination.

Keith Mundy, Parma, is unopposed as he seeks the Democratic nomination to run against the Latta-Owsiak winner.