HOCKING COUNTY — As Hocking County citizens prepare to head to the polls for the Nov. 2 election, The Logan Daily News decided to take a look at “local questions and issues.” All information was obtained through the Hocking County Board of Elections (BOE) and its website, www.boe.ohio.gov/hocking/.

Countywide

There are two proposed tax levies all Hocking County residents are to vote on. A majority affirmative vote is needed for passage of each levy renewal.

The first is a proposed tax levy renewal for the Scenic Hills Senior Center, at a rate not exceeding 0.5 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.05 for each $100 of valuation for five years, beginning in 2022 and first due in 2023.

The second proposed tax levy renewal is for the Athens-Hocking-Vinton Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services District (317 Board) for “the purpose of supplementing the general fund for operation, acquisition, construction, renovation and maintenance of mental health and recovery services and facilities” at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.10 for each $100 of valuation for 10 years, beginning in 2022 and due in 2023.

Benton Township

All Benton Township residents are to vote on a liquor option for a particular location.

A majority affirmative vote is needed to permit J.M. Harper LLC (Harper’s Gas & More), 22014 State Route 664 S., South Bloomingville, to sell wine and mixed beverages on Sundays between the hours of 10 a.m. to midnight. The business is applying for a D6 liquor permit, according to a sample ballot provided by the Hocking County BOE.

Falls Township

Falls Township precincts Falls 1, 2 and 3 are to vote on a proposed tax levy renewal and increase.

A majority affirmative vote is needed for the renewal of 1 mill and an increase of 0.2 mill to constitute a tax for the benefit of providing fire protection to unincorporated areas of Falls Township at a rate not exceeding 1.2 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.12 for each $100 of valuation for five years, beginning in this year and first due in 2022.

Good Hope Township

All Good Hope Township precincts are to vote on a proposed tax levy renewal for township road maintenance.

A majority affirmative vote is needed for passage of a renewal tax for the benefit of Good Hope Township general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of roads, at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.10 for each $100 of valuation for five years, beginning this year and first due in 2022.

Marion Township

Marion Township precincts 1 and 2 are to vote on a proposed tax levy renewal for the upkeep of fire protection services.

A majority affirmative vote is needed for the passage of a renewal tax for the benefit of Marion Township fire protection services at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.10 for each $100 of valuation for five years, beginning this year and first due in 2022

Part of Marion Township precinct 2 will also vote on a proposed tax levy renewal for the Fairfield Union Local School District; a renewal of 3 mills for repairs, renovations, remodels, construction and improvements of buildings for school purposes; “furnishing and equipping school buildings, and improving school grounds and providing such other types of permanent improvements,” beginning in 2022 for five years.

Perry Township

Perry Township precincts 1 and 2 are to vote on a proposed tax levy renewal for township-wide fire services.

A majority affirmative vote is needed for the renewal of a tax for the benefit of Perry Township fire protection; to provide and maintain fire equipment, buildings and sites for said equipment, at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.10 for each $100 of valuation for five years, beginning this year and first due this year.

Perry Township precinct 1 (Laurelville) is also to vote on whether to adopt the Sensible Marihuana Ordinance, which “lowers the penalty for misdemeanor marijuana offenses to the lowest penalty allowed by state law.” The ordinance is a ballot initiative and was certified by the Hocking County BOE in May, according to a previous Logan Daily News report.

Logan voted to adopt the same ordinance in 2016; if Murray City adopts the ordinance, it would join more than 20 other municipalities across the state that have passed marijuana decriminalization ordinances, including but not limited to: Athens, Bremen, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Glouster, Jacksonville, Nelsonville and Roseville.

Salt Creek Township

All of Salt Creek Township is to vote on a proposed tax levy renewal for road maintenance.

A majority affirmative vote is needed to pass a proposed tax levy renewal for Salt Creek Township “road improvements” at a rate not exceeding 2 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.20 for each $100 of valuation for five years, commencing in this year and first due in 2022.

Ward Township

Ward Township is composed of two precincts, Murray City and Carbon Hill, Hocking County BOE Deputy Director Georgia Ricketts-Smith said in an email.

Murray City precinct in Ward Township has a total of three splits: 19-1 is for Murray City village, 19-2 is for Murray City Ward Township, and 19-3 is for Murray City-Buchtel village residents who are part of Ward Township, Ricketts-Smith explained.

Murray City (split 19-1, village precinct) has a ballot full of levies and initiatives for residents to decide upon.

First up is a proposed tax levy replacement for village expenses. A majority affirmative vote is needed for the replacement of a tax for the benefit of Murray City for the purpose of “current expenses” at a rate not exceeding 5 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.50 for each $100 valuation for five years, beginning 2022 and first due in 2023.

Next, Murray City is also to vote on fire services. A majority affirmative vote needed for a proposed replacement tax levy for Murray City fire protection at a rate not exceeding 2.5 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.25 for each $100 of valuation for five years, beginning in 2022 and first due 2023.

Further, a majority affirmative vote is also needed by Murray City residents for a proposed replacement tax levy for the village’s street upkeep, at a rate not exceeding three mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.30 for each $100 of valuation for five years, beginning in 2022 and first due in 2023.

Another proposed tax levy replacement for Murray City is for the purpose of policing services, at a rate not exceeding 4 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.40 for each $100 of valuation for five years, beginning in 2022 and first due in 2023. A majority affirmative vote is needed.

According to a previous Logan Daily News report, in April Murray City Village Council decided to disband its police department in favor of Hocking County Sheriff’s Offices services.

And finally, like Laurelville, Murray City voters will also decide whether to adopt the proposed Sensible Marihuana Ordinance. A majority affirmative vote is needed for passage.

Voting information

According to the Hocking County Board of Elections website, early voting hours are available today, Thursday, Oct. 14 through tomorrow, Friday and Oct. 18-22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Oct. 31 from 1-5 p.m.; and Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The voter registration deadline for the upcoming election has passed. Polling information can be found on the BOE’s website at www.boe.ohio.gov/hocking/precinct-and-polling-location-info/.

Additional information can be found via the Hocking County Board of Elections, 93 W. Hunter Street; by phone at (740) 380-8683 and by email at hocking@ohiosos.gov. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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