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If passed Tuesday, an additional 1-mill, 3-year property tax levy in Freedom Township would be used to cover operating expenses such as utilities and the maintenance of roads, buildings, and cemeteries.

Dave Gerwin, the township fiscal officer, said the levy would generate about $59,795 annually.

Voters in neighboring Troy Township will decide the renewal of a 1.8-mill, 3-year levy that is used to cover the costs for Emergency Medical Service and personnel.

Voters in the unincorporated areas of Lake Township will decide a 1.4-mill, continuing replacement levy to fund police department operations.

If passed, it would generate about $220,371 annually, approximately $117,428 more than it now does because it was originally passed in 1980 and is based on property valuations from that time.

Police Chief Mark Hummer said the additional revenue would be used to have more officers on patrol.

In the Village of Millbury, voters are being asked to support a 1-mill, continuing levy that would be used for police service.

The village contracts with Lake Township for the service and is currently paying $65,772 a year.

Mayor Michael Timmons and village council have cited the declining revenues from an existing 2.1-mill property tax for the service as the reason for seeking additional millage.

The township board of trustees in January agreed to a request by the mayor and council to waive a scheduled increase of 3 percent in the contract for the service.

The 2.1-mill tax was originally passed in 1984 and generates about $15,000 in revenues, which forces village officials to tap into the general fund to make up the difference in costs.

Perrysburg Township voters are being asked to approve an additional 4-mill, continuing levy for the operations of the fire and Emergency Medical Service departments.


Few contested races
With a few exceptions, Wood County voters will mostly see uncontested races for county offices.

Republican Doris Herringshaw, a retired county extension agent, is challenging Democrat Joel Kuhlman for a seat on the board of county commissioners.

Kuhlman was appointed to the seat after long-time commissioner Alvie Perkins stepped down.

The term commences Jan. 3, 2013.

In the race for the other open commissioner’s seat, incumbent Republican James Carter is being challenged by Democrat Fred Keith, Jr., and Brad Waltz, a Libertarian.

The term begins Jan. 2, 2013.

The only other contested race for a county office is between Democrat Julie Baumgardner, the incumbent recorder, who is being challenged by Brian Boos, a Republican.

Other incumbents are not being challenged: Cindy Hofner, clerk of common pleas court; Douglas Hess, coroner; Raymond Huber, engineer; Paul Dobson, prosecuting attorney; Mark Wasylyshyn, sheriff, and Jill Engle, treasurer.

All are Republicans.

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