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Pettisville School Levy Is Biggest Local Issue

A $4.83 million, 28-year bond issue requested by the Pettisville Local School District Board of Education is the biggest money issue on the ballot in Fulton County.

If voters in the Pettisville School District, which includes a portion of Henry County, approve the bond issue, the district will collect an average of 7.36 mills over the life of the bonds, to raise local matching funds to build a $21 million new school for Pettisville.

The Ohio School Facilities Commission will pay the bulk of the cost by using money from the Ohio tobacco lawsuit settlement.

If passed, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $20 per month, or $240 a year, in property taxes. Senior citizens with the same $100,000 home would pay less.

The building would be built to the south of the present building. Portions of the old building will be demolished, but the 1994 gymnasium-library-office addition will be retained.

The issue before voters includes a OSFC mandated halfmill permanent levy to operate the building.

ADAMhs District

Voters across Fulton, Defi- ance, Henry, and Williams counties are being asked to replace a seven-tenths (.7) of mill levy for the Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services. The levy will last for five years.

For the owner of a $100,000 home, the yearly tax will increase from $11.37 to $21.44 a year. The levy will raise more than $2.1 million for the ADAMhs district, an increase of about $686,000.

The original levy was approved by voters in 1989, and has been renewed every five years.

Money generated by the levy will be applied to current expenses.

If a levy is renewed, it is collected on a lower property tax base. Replacing a levy resets the levy, allowing it to be assessed against current property values.

Other Levies

There are several other money issues on Fulton County ballots.

Dover Township voters will be asked to renew a one-mill, five-year levy for fire, rescue, and ambulance protection, while Fulton Township is seeking a 1.5-mill, five year additional levy for fire and rescue services, and providing and maintaining fire equipment.

Royalton Township voters will be asked to replace a onemill, five-year levy to maintain roads.

Pettisville Schools isn’t the only Fulton County district on the ballot.

The Swanton school district is asking voters to approve a three-quarters-of-one-percent (.75%) income tax for five years, to fund current expenses. This is down from a previous 1.25% income tax.

Swanton schools are also seeking an additional half-mill (.5) levy for five years, also for current expenses.

The Pike-Delta-York school district is asking voters to renew a 4.1-mill, five-year levy for emergency requirements.

In the Evergreen School District, a three-quarters of one percent (.75%) is before voters. It’s a renewal, that would be on the books for five years. Money raised by the tax will be applied to current expenses.

Fulton County residents in the Anthony Wayne school district are being asked to approve a half-percent (.5%) income tax for operating expenses. The tax would remain in place for five years.

Henry County

There are two countywide issues on the Henry County ballot.

The Henry County Board of Developmental Disabilities is asking voters to renew a twomill, five-year levy. Money would go to Hope School, residential programs, adult workshops, and support services.

It would also be used to operate and maintain services for infants, children, and adult with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

Henry County is also asking voters for eight-tenths (.8) of a mill for five years, to provide services for senior citizens.


Other Henry County issues include two charter amendments in the City of Napoleon, a two-mill, five year renewal for operating expenses in Damascus Township, and an additional 1.4-mill, five-year levy for fire equipment in Flat Rock Township.

Harrison Township is asking for a renewal of the 1.5-mill, three-year levy for fire protection, while Marion Township is asking for a 1.8-mill, five-year renewal for operating expenses.

The Holgate School District is asking for a renewal of 2.39- mill, five-year emergency levy.

Napoleon City Schools is seeking a renewal of a 7.9-mill levy for operating expenses. If approved, it would be a continuing levy, to remain on the books forever.

In Flat Rock Township precinct 15, voters are being asked to approve a measure that would allow the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages between 10 am and midnight for the Maimi Erie Market.

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