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With a couple exceptions, voters in Ottawa County will only see requests to renew property tax levies on the November ballot.

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District is seeking renewal of a 3.9-mill levy that funds operating expenses and a 1.2-mill levy used for improvements. Both issues will expire in five years if passed.

Voters in the Village of Genoa will decide a request to renew a 0.75-mill levy to fund recreation facilities and parks. It also expires in five years if passed.

In the Village of Elmore, a 3-mill, 3-year levy for street maintenance and repairs will be up for renewal as will a 3-mill, 3-year levy for solid waste collection service.

Voters in Elmore and Harris Township will also decide a request for new millage to fund Emergency Medical Service.

The 4.5-mill, 5-year levy is expected to generate about $289,500 annually and will enable the Harris-Elmore Fire Department to bolster a dwindling roster of volunteer emergency medical technicians with a paramedic who’ll be at the fire station 24 hours a day everyday.

Since 2007, the township has hired part-time emergency medical technicians to be on-call at the station from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. week days while volunteers cover weekends and evenings.

But as the number of emergency calls have risen – from 299 in 2011 to 326 last year – the number of available volunteers has been dropping.

“That in a nutshell is the problem,” said Carol Baker, who chairs the township board of trustees.

A second public meeting to discuss the levy is scheduled for Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the fire station.

The first meeting Tuesday drew a small crowd of residents who seemed to be receptive to the need for relying less on volunteers, Baker said.

She said an average EMS run takes more than two hours, including a transport and the required paperwork.

Voters in the Woodmore School District will decide a renewal request for a 5.75-mill, 5-year levy.

Other issues on the ballot:

EHOVE School District: an 0.5-mill, 5-year replacement levy for operating expenses.

-Danbury Township: an 0.95-mill replacement levy and 0.55-mill increase for fire protection.

-Put-In-Bay Township: an 1.2-mill, 5-year renewal for fire protection.

-Port Clinton School District:  a 2.3-mill, 5-year renewal for current expenses.

-Harris Township Precinct 4: local liquor option, Schedel Gardens, D-6 permit.

-Portage Township Precinct 2: local liquor option Ciao Bela, D-6 permit.

-City of Port Clinton: natural gas aggregation option. 

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