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Levy necessary to keep West Liberty vibrant

Dear village residents,   

As mayor of the village of West Liberty, I would like to address the concerns of myself and village council in regards of the renewal levy. I cannot stress enough the importance of passing the levy. It is a renewal and it is no new money. I would like to inform the community that we need this money to be able to sustain our village in the years to come. In 2009, the state of Ohio cut funding to municipalities. Meaning the only consistent funding coming into the village was/is from the levy for the last five years. As mayor and village council, we felt that in order to maintain our standard of life here we need to make a proactive approach to generate revenue to provide the services that the community expects.

I believe that the citizens in our community do not realize our state and federal governments have pushed the responsibilities of survival back to the local levels of government. In 2008, we received $257,388 in local government, inheritance and interest and in 2012 we received $61,426.

We have made cuts on our budget over the last five years. We believe if we are to cut any more we will be cutting into the bones of our budget and the effects will not be well received. Some important issues that we face as a community are our aging streets. We no longer have the money to make necessary repairs.

I firmly believe in order for our community to remain vibrant, we must pass the renewal levy for not only ourselves, but for our future generations that will live in this community.

Mayor Gregory J. Hostetler and Council
West Liberty

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013

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Lehman committed to Stokes Township

I am writing to recommend Robert Lehman for Stokes Township Trustee. I have known Bob for more than 30 years as a co-worker and friend and I know that he would serve you very well as a trustee.

Bob is committed to your community. Besides living and working there he is active in his church, the food pantry and other community endeavors. He would be an asset to you and the township and I recommend him without reservation.

Michael Lewis
Tipp City

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013

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Motorists should respect equestrians

This past weekend I had the pleasure of riding as an outrider for an equestrian group called the “Central Ohio Wagoneers.” We traveled a planned route through a portion of the beautiful Logan County countryside by horse-drawn vehicle and horseback. It was a good eighteen and a half mile ride through Zanesfield, Marmon Valley, Middleburg and back to Zanesfield, in spite of the rain and cold.

The outriders serve the wagons in the wagon train as safety riders. Their job is to ride the front and rear of the procession to alert traffic to the many horses and wagons on the roadway and allow vehicle traffic to pass in a safe manner. I thank the entire considerate motoring public who slowed down and stopped for the outriders and the wagon train.

During these rides though, there is sometimes one “jack***” operating a motor vehicle that passes the wagon train and wants to have angry words with an outrider. Saturday was one of those days. There was a car approaching the wagon train in the opposite direction and not slowing down. The driver acted as though they were not even paying attention or did not care. The outrider was waving a red flag attempting to get the driver’s attention and yelled to the car to “slow down” as it passed. A second car being operated by one of these “jack*****” was following that first fast moving car. The second car stopped, the operator began to yell at the outrider, telling him he could not talk to his mother that way and he began to lean outside the car, waving his arm and pointing his finger in a threatening manner, he even acted as though he was going to strike at the horse. This display of bad behavior was uncalled for.

Nothing derogatory was said to the first car by the outrider and nothing was said to cause this type of behavior from any motorist. The outrider tried to apologize and tell the guy he was simply trying to get the person operating the car ahead of him to slow down. This guy continued to be confrontational and did not want to listen to any explanation. The outrider turned his horse away from the “jack***” in disbelief. The guy then said to the outrider “who do you think you are?” “You are just a horse rider” and then sped off. The confrontational driver was right; we were just “horse riders.” But, we had just as much right to the roadway as he did.

If you ever come upon and pass an equestrian, also known as a “horse rider” while you are driving down the road, please be courteous enough to slow down. It is not just a matter of courtesy, it is the law. You may prevent someone from being injured or worse by showing a little courtesy and obeying the law on the highways we all share. By the way, nothing here is meant to be offensive to anyone who owns a male donkey.

Allen Shields
Horse Rider

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013

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Eichenauer excellent choice for WL-S board

As a community we are given another opportunity to elect school board members that work for the safety of our students, integrity of our staff, support programs of our students, visible member of our community and takes board duties seriously. The person I am asking you to support is Kent Eichenauer for school board member of West Liberty-Salem schools. Kent Eichenauer has displayed all these qualities and does so with pride and eagerness.

Kent Eichenauer has always looked at both sides of an issue, makes decisions carefully and seeks out facts and knowledge to better perform his duties. My favorite attribute of Kent Eichenauer is he has always put the students of West Liberty-Salem first.

Elect Kent Eichenauer for the West Liberty-Salem School Board on November 5th.

Thank you.

Linda Sparks
West Liberty

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013

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Salem Township road issue troubling

On November 5, 2013, Salem Township Trustees are asking voters to approve a new 1.5-mill levy for “Road Construction and Repair.” Perhaps if the trustees had considered this before involving the township in the costs of the Dellinger Road — Urbana City Sewers Project, they would not have had to come to the voters asking for yet another levy. Taxpayers here are being priced out of their homes without a voice in the project.

Sandy Newman

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013

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Ben Logan levy would help with expenses

I am a junior from Benjamin Logan High School and I have been researching the current issues in the village of Rushsylvania for my AP Government class. Throughout my research I have contacted the mayor and the clerk of Rushsylvania Diane Rader. Diane was extremely helpful in giving me the information needed and seemed very well prepared to answer any questions asked on the spot. We communicated via e-mail considering both of our schedules did not clash well together. I asked her questions like: What are the current issues in the village of Rushsylvania at the moment? What is your budget for the village? How will the new levy that you are trying to pass effect the people in Rushsylvania? Where do you go to vote? Are there any other extreme issues going on at the moment?

The current issues going on in Rushsylvania are very subtle. When I asked her what they were she responded with, “Current issues are finding an electric choice program for our village, deciding what fireworks company we will contract with for the 4th of July celebration, and whether to purchase another dumptruck.” The people of Rushsylvania will also be asked in November to pass a 3-mills renewal levy at the general election for the current expenses to be used for the safety and welfare of the people of Rushsylvania. You now question yourself on where the money is coming from to pay for all of these current expenses. The money will come from the people of Rushsylvania through taxes. Village homeowners will pay $.30 cents per $100 of property value for a 5-year period, along with the 2013 budget of $599,128.08. Once election day rolls around, some of you may not know where to go to place in your vote even if you want to.

As of right now the current place to go cast your vote on election day is Church of Christ, 170 E. Mill in Rushsylvania. Diane said, “There are no serious issues in the village. The residents are, however, anxiously awaiting the natural gas lines to be constructed in Rushsylvania.”

This letter was intended to inform you on the current issues in the village of Rushsylvania and help getting an understanding of the village you live in or by.

Morgan Centers

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013

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Student researches Riverside levy

I am a junior at Benjamin Logan High School. My AP Government class is researching local levies/elections. Our goal is creating voter guides to help inform the people about the upcoming levies/elections. We are just presenting the facts to the people, nothing more.

I had the task of researching the levy for Riverside Local Schools in DeGraff, Ohio. I interviewed the superintendent of Riverside Schools this fall to gather this information. The superintendent of Riverside Schools is Scott Mann, a former principal of Riverside High School. He has been superintendent for two years. This will be the first levy during his time as superintendent. This is the first time the levy is on the ballot.

This year, the election is held on November 5, and polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters in the Riverside School District can vote at these polling locations:

• Harrison Precinct, County Engineer’s Building at 1991 County Road 13, Bellefontaine, OH 43311

• Miami Precinct, Quincy Community Building at 505 Carlisle St., Quincy, OH 43343

• DeGraff Precinct, Riverside Local School Building at 2096 County Road 24, North Entrance, DeGraff, OH 43318

• Pleasant Precinct, Riverside Local School Building at 2096 County Road 24, North Entrance, DeGraff, OH 43318

• Union Precinct, Union Township Building at 5844 Township Road 201, Bellefontaine, OH 43311

The levy that will be on the upcoming ballot is a proposed reduction in income tax. When asked why use an income tax instead of a property tax for example, his response was “... Because of the large amount of farmers in the area; they would be hit harder than most other people because of all the farmland they own.” He stated, “It is so that everyone takes a piece of the pie.” This is just saying that everyone pays a fair share. Levies of other schools have been an increase income tax, but Riverside’s levy is a reduction in income taxes. This is because 3-5 years ago the income tax was two percent, which was rather high. Their focus is to make great decisions and this would be the first step in that by reducing that high two percent income tax.

The money will go towards operating expenses. Nineteen to 20 percent of operating expenses are related to this levy. The expenses consist of buses, operating fees, etc. The need for the income tax is for the operating expenses, buses a major part, and to help eliminate cutting and having to make cuts. Also, the need for this is because big cuts were made before and they do not want this to happen again.

The test scores on Riverside’s report cards were very low and when asked if there was a correlation between the test scores and the amount of money spent per student, he said, “I do believe that is a correlation and we take pride in it and things are being done to change these scores and improve them.” Some actions that are being done to raise these scores is extended block times, for example: Math went from 45 minutes to 90 minutes.


Mack Horton

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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Athletic boosters urge support of Indian Lake levy

The Indian Lake Athletic Booster Club was formed for the purpose of assisting in achieving a highly successful interscholastic athletic program. The organization strives to promote outstanding cooperation, spirit and good will between athletes, cheerleaders, coaches, school and the community. In support of Indian Lake Schools, we aim to better develop our student athletes into well-rounded individuals and encourage recognition of our coaches and athletes. We coordinate fundraising activities to provide financial support when needed and support and encourage community involvement towards all athletic programs. The Indian Lake Athletic Boosters organization supports the Indian Lake School Levy, in hopes of achieving “Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow.”

Mike Lump
Indian Lake Athletic Booster President

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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