PIQUA — Piqua will be seeing a new face at the helm of the Piqua City Commission next year. According to unofficial results by the Miami County Board of Elections, Kathryn “Kazy” Hinds was elected 5th Ward city of Piqua Commissioner by nine votes.
According to unoffical votes, there were 2,175 votes for Hinds and 2,166 for Gary Koenig for the 5th Ward commission seat. Koenig won the mayor race, earning 51.07 percent of the votes. There were 2,169 votes for Hinds and 2,264 for Koenig. However, the mayor must first be elected commissioner. Hinds wins the mayor seat by default.
Hinds is known for being the chairperson of the successful Safety Service Levy Campaign in the fall of 2014 along with being the co-chairperson of the successful School Renewal Levy Campaign in the spring of 2014.
Hinds is also known for her involvement in Citizens for a Better Piqua and Positively Promoting Piqua, continuing to promote their joint “Pass the Positive” award and bring awareness to people’s beneficial and optimistic contributions to the community.
Hinds has also been involved in the Bike Piqua Cyclovia and numerous community events, such as the 2015 Miami Valley Cycling Summit and the recent grassroots “Bridge Builders” meeting.
Hinds is pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church and has been living in Piqua for approximately seven years.
Hinds is married to her Joe Hinds, who works as the Teen Leadership Director at Miami County YMCA. They have a son, Paul, who is 11 years old and is in the sixth grade at Central Intermediate School. Hinds’ mother Polly also lives with them, moving there from Florida two years ago.
Commissioner John Martin will also be back, representing the 1st Ward at the Piqua City Commission.
According to unofficial results, he earned 56.79 percent of the votes. There were 2,346 votes for Martin and 1,785 votes for Nick Alexander.
Martin has been representing the 1st Ward for almost eight years.
Martin is married to his wife Cecilia. He has three grown children, including step-children Letitia Seger and Matt Seger of Troy and daughter Kylie of Vincennes, Ind.
Martin graduated from Lehman High School and spent two years at the Upper Valley Career Center (formerly the Upper Valley JVS at the time) for auto mechanics before eventually coming to work at Hartzell Propeller for the last 27 years.
Martin’s current position at Hartzell Propeller is Service Center Final Inspector, inspecting plane parts.
The renewal tax levy for the Piqua Public Library was approved with a rate of 1.3 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.13 for each one hundred dollars of valuation. The renewal tax levy will last for five years, and there will be no new taxes.
The library’s renewal levy earned 64.14 percent of the votes. According to unofficial results, there were 3,784 voted for it and 2,116 votes against it.
The renewal tax levy is an operating renewal. It will be used for general operating costs, such as funding items such as buying books and computer programs, employee hours, electric or gas bills, and so on.
There is also no capital, so the library cannot build anything. If the renewal had not passed, the library would have been force to cut between 30-50 percent of their services.
The tax levy for the Piqua Public Library was first approved in 2010.
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