Switzerland of Ohio levy
A renewal levy in the Switzerland of Ohio failed at the ballot Tuesday. The proposed three-year, 2.5-mill tax levy would have funded permanent improvements, including textbooks, computers and buses and raised $600,000 a year for the district.
In Monroe County, 1,509 voters, or 47.66 percent, voted for the levy and 1,657 voters, or 52.34 percent, voted against it.
In Noble County, 45 people voted for the levy and 65 voted against it.
In Belmont County, 375 people voted for the levy and 546 voted against it.
Morgan County tax levies
Two separate proposed tax levy renewals for the Morgan County Board of Developmental Disabilities were approved by voters there.
One is a 1.28-mill, six-year levy, while the other is a 1.97-mill, five-year levy.
"The 1.97 (mills) was originally passed for tax year 2002 and it generates $424,000 a year and (for) a $100,000 home is $45.46 a year," said Morgan County Auditor Gary Woodward. "The 1.28 (mills) was originally passed for tax year 2006 (and) it generates $294,000 a year and (for a) $100,000 home is $32.74 a year."
The 1.28-mill levy is "for the purpose of providing programs and services for persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities and provide for the acquisition, construction, renovation, financing, maintenance, and operation of mental retardation and developmental disabilities facilities operated by or contracted through the Morgan County Board of Developmental Disabilities," according to the ballot.
The 1.97-mill levy is for the purpose of funding programs and services and for the acquisition, construction, renovation, financing, maintenance and operation for Mary Hammond Programs, according to the ballot. The first levy passed with 59.03 percent of the vote, with 2,836 people in favor of it and 1,827 against it. The second levy passed with 58.28 percent of the vote, with 2,800 people in favor of it and 1,864 against it.
Noble County issues
A levy that would have provided funding for the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service failed with 2,525 people voting for it and 2,255 people voting against it. The proposed 1-mill, five-year tax levy would have gone toward activities and programs related to 4-H, agriculture, natural resources, home economics and economic development. Voters approved the continuation of a 911 user fee that adds 50 cents a month to the phone bills of county residents. In favor of the fee were 3,478 people, while 1,298 people voted against it.
A tax levy for the Noble Soil and Water Conservation District failed, with 1,977 people voting for it and 2,750 people voting against it. It was a renewal of a three-tenths mill levy, which would have been in place five years, and would have cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 a total of $10 a year.
The proposed tax levy for senior citizens services was approved, with 3,246 people voting for it and 1,483 people voting against it. It was a renewal of a four-tenths mill levy. It will be in place five years and raise almost $80,000 a year, according to the county auditor's office. The owner of a property valued at $50,000 will pay about $5 a year.