The Press Newspaper
In Sandusky County, voters were mixed in their support of tax issues on Tuesday’s primary ballot.
In the Gibsonburg Exempted Village School District, a request for a 1 percent, 10-year income tax fell by a 47-vote margin, 463 against to 416 for, according to unofficial results.
If passed, the tax would have raised about $950,000 annually for operating expenses.
The tax would have been levied on district residents’ earned income, which the Ohio Department of Taxation defines for a school system as earned and self-employment income, including income from partnerships.
It would have gone into effect January 1, 2014.
Historically, the district has received more than 60 percent of its revenues from the state. Revenues from local property tax collections have been under pressure as the district contends with delinquencies and state funding has also dropped.
It was the first time since 1994 the district had gone to voters for additional operating revenues, according to Tom Peiffer, superintendent.
Superintendent Tom Peiffer said the additional tax revenues would have enabled the district to maintain current educational programs and no new programs would have been funded by the levy.
The school board is scheduled to meet May 20.
Peiffer said the board’s decision to seek an income tax rather than a property tax was viewed as a matter of fairness to senior citizens and farmers.
“This would have been a tax on earned income,” he said. “It was a way of distributing a tax more evenly.”
The .8-mill issue would have been in effect for five years and would have covered programs offered by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties.
A bond issue for the Bellevue Public Library, which will be used to expand and renovate facilities, was approved and York Township voters renewed a road maintenance levy.
Voters in the Clyde-Green Springs School District turned down a request for additional millage.
Mack, chief assistant in the civil division of the Wood County prosecutor’s office, garnered 1,310 votes – just under 38 percent – while C. Drew Griffith received 1,117 and Aram Ohanian received 1,035.
Incumbent Judge Dwight Osterud is retiring.