Voters split two Staunton Twp. levies

By Melanie Yingst -

STAUNTON TWP. — Staunton Township voters were split in support of two levies on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The first levy, Issue 14, had 496 votes in favor of the levy and 365 against the levy. Issue 14 was a five-year, 1-mill levy for local fire and EMS contract for services to Staunton Township. The current levy is set to expire at the end of the year. According to unofficial results, voters 58 percent were for the levy and 42 percent were against the levy.

According to township officials, “due to wording in the original levy resolution which did not call out ‘unincorporated and incorporated territory of Staunton Township,’ the resolution had to be rewritten. Because of this new resolution wording, per Ohio Revised Code, it could no longer be considered a renewal.”

The cost of the levy for a property owner would be approximately $35 per $100,000 valuation.

According to unofficial results, for Issue 15, Staunton Township residents turned down the levy. According to results, 64 percent voted against the levy and 36 percent voted in favor of the new five-year, 2-mill operating levy for current and future operating expenses.

According to township officials, the levy proceeds would offset cuts in the state’s local government fund and money lost through elimination of the Ohio inheritance tax.

By Melanie Yingst