Created on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Louanna Calland checks to make sure her ballot was accepted Tuesday at Grace Chapel in West Liberty. Voter turnout in Logan County was approximately 69 percent, officials reported. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)
Local issues, with the exception of a pair of Quincy operating levies, fared well Tuesday.
A 1.5 mill continuing levy for the Indian Joint EMS Ambulance District garnered strong approval from voters.
The issue passed by an unofficial count of 2,210 to 1,158.
Additionally, 1.5 mill replacement levies in Perry Township and the village of Rushsylvania unofficially passed 353-158 and 118-89, respectively.
River’s Edge Harbor along Indian Lake in Richland Township will be permitted to sell beer, wine and spirituous liquor. The establishment’s liquor option passed 836-346. Likewise, voters also approved a request to sell alcohol on Sundays between 11 a.m. to midnight, 767-423.
As for the Quincy levies, a 3.2 mill tax for operating expenses failed 130-108. A separate 3.2 mill question for street maintenance failed 132-107.
They were the last two operating levies for the village.
“We’ve lost $28,000 out of General Fund between three straight levy defeats and reductions in Local Government Funding,” Fiscal Officer Sandra Ward said. “Half of us want to keep services we have — losing the street levy was devastating.”
Mrs. Ward said services like street lights and leaf collection will have to be evaluated in the wake of the defeats. Eligibility for future grants are also at risk, she said, because the village likely won’t have funds required to meet local match requirements.
“Not out of ignorance they voted the way they did,” she said. “These levies were in place for years. They were the infrastructure for the village.
“I’m sure that council will do its best with what they have (and) keep afloat as long as we can.”