The Press Newspaper
Voters in the Woodmore Local School District will head to the polls Aug. 4 to decide a 5.9-mill, 5-year emergency levy.
Because the school board has decided to not seek renewal of a 4.9-mill issue that is scheduled to expire at the end of this year, property owners will only realize a net increase of 1 mill on their taxes if the emergency measure is approved
For the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, the additional mill would raise property taxes by about $47 annually.
If passed, the levy will generate approximately $829,000 a year. An emergency levy functions as an operating levy proposed for a specific dollar amount.
Voters in the Ottawa County villages of Elmore and Genoa will have a chance to meet candidates who will be on the November ballot.
A Meet the Candidates forum for Elmore, Harris Township, and the Woodmore school board will be held Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Elmore Community Center, at the corner of Toledo and Clinton streets.
Seven persons are vying for four open seats in the village council race: Rick Claar, Christopher Crozier, Matthew Damschroder, Robert Eickel, William Kieffer, Mark Koenig, and James Krumnow.
There are no candidates for one open seat on the board of public affairs.
In Harris Township, five candidates are in the run for two seats on the board of trustees: Carol Baker, Bill Brockmeyer, Andrew Haar, Steven Holland, and Kenneth Neeb.
The economy will be a factor in a resolution tentatively scheduled for discussion at the next meeting of the Lake Township trustees as they confront a problem with overgrown yards at abandoned residences.
Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, last week said she’s received several calls from residents complaining about properties in need of mowing because the owners have left.
“It seems to be more prevalent this year than in previous years,” she said at the trustees’ last meeting. “It could be the state of the economy. Properties are being abandoned or foreclosed.”
Voters in three precincts in the Village of Walbridge will be casting their ballots at different locations in the November election.
Residents in the village precincts 430 and 432, who had been voting at the St. Jerome School gym, will vote at the Lake Township Fire Station 1, 4505 Walbridge Rd.
Precinct 420 voters, who also had been voting at St. Jerome’s, will vote at the Lake Township administration building, 27975 Cummings Road.
Deborah Hazard, a director of the Wood County Board of Elections, said the school administration didn’t give the board permission to use the gym as a voting site for the election.
Tim Myers has been fascinated by farm tractors since he was a young boy.
Myers, 38, of Genoa, owns a truck driving business and he also owns a unique piece of farm equipment - a 1916 J.I. Case steam traction engine. Every year, Myers loads up the 15,000-pound engine, also known as a steam thresher, to put on display at the Five Point Steam Threshers Reunion.
This year's 49th annual event, hosted by the Five Point Steam Threshers Club, was held July 19 in Perrysburg Township.