Of the nine tax issues in Madison County appearing on the ballot Tuesday, eight were approved by the voters. Only the South Solon additional levy went down to defeat.
South Solon was asking for an additional tax for current village expenses at a rate not exceeding 2.885 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which would have been $0.2885 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, starting this year and collected starting next year.
The issue failed, but it was close: 33 said no, 29 said yes.
In Somerford Township, a proposed replacement levy did better. Voters overwhelming approved the levy by 72.05 percent; 562 to 218.
The replacement levy was for township fire protection at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.10 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, starting in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.
The Madison-Plains Local School District renewal levy also won big. Yes votes totaled 1,203 to 713 no votes. The renewal was for 2.5 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.25 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.
In Range Township, the proposed tax levy renewal of 1.7 mills passed 209 to 27.
The Sterling Joint Ambulance District proposed tax levy renewal passed with 815 votes for and 201 against. This 1.8 mill levy is for 5 years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.
In Stokes Township, the tax levy renewal passed 98 for and 24 against. This is for fire protection and to provide and maintain fire apparatus, appliances, buildings or sites therefore or sources of water supply and materials therefore at a rate not exceeding 0.8 mill for each one dollar of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.
In the village of Midway, voters approved the 2.9 mill tax levy renewal 44 to 12.
In Pike Township, the renewal of 2.88 mills and an increase of 0.24 mill to constitute a tax for fire protection and emergency squad service at 3.12 mills also passed 59 for and 39 against.
The local alcohol option in Plain City East also passed. The vote was 167 for and 110 against the change.
Reach General Manager/Editor Gary Brock at 937-556-5759.