London levy fails; other levies pass

(Posted Nov. 9, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

London city officials must go back to the drawing board. Voters turned down the city’s request for a 0.4 percent income tax increase to provide the fire and EMS department with additional funding and to build a new police department facility.

The request appeared on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The vote tally as reported by the Madison County Board of Elections on Election Night showed the levy failing 1,223-1,614 (43.11 percent for the levy, 56.89 percent against the levy).

Had the levy passed, 0.25 percent of the 0.4 percent income tax increase would have gone to funding for fire/EMS. The other 0.15 percent would have gone toward debt service for a new police department.

“I am disappointed that the levy didn’t pass,” said Mayor Patrick Closser. “We understand with the state of the economy and inflation this would be a difficult levy to pass, but these dollars are needed for our safety services.

“We will now reevaluate the budget and make some tough decisions while continuing to serve the citizens to the best of our ability.”

Closser thanked the levy committee and the residents who voted for the levy.

“Even when things don’t go your way, there are always positives,” he added. “We gained almost 11 percent in yes votes compared to the last election, and it was a close vote for a new levy.”

Other levies
The other levies that appeared on the ballot in Madison County passed. The results were as follows:

Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities–five-year renewal of a 1-mill levy for operation and maintenance of programs for people with disabilities
For the levy 9,812 (71.88%)
Against the levy 3,838 (28.12%)

9-1-1 system–five-year renewal of a 1-mill levy for the 9-1-1 emergency call system
For the levy 9,877 (72.11%)
Against the levy 3,820 (27.89%)

Jefferson Local Schools–substitution of a 5.87-mill levy for seven years for operating expenses
For the levy 1,410 (56.11%)
Against the levy 1,103 (43.89%)

Madison-Plains Local Schools–five-year renewal of a 2.5-mill levy for permanent improvements
For the levy 1,613 (51.97%)
Against the levy 1,491 (48.03%)

Village of Midway–five-year renewal of a 2.9-mill levy for current expenses
For the levy 64 (75.29%)
Against the levy 21 (24.71%)

Pike Township–five-year replacement of a 3.12-mill levy for fire protection and emergency squad services
For the levy 116 (74.84%)
Against the levy 39 (25.16%)

Stokes Township–five-year renewal of a 0.8-mill levy for fire protection services
For the levy 150 (78.95%)
Against the levy 40 (21.05%)

Additionally, voters in West Jefferson’s Precinct A approved a local option, 499-170. The option permits the sale of wine, mixed beverages, and spiritous liquors on Sundays at Clarence Bo Casto Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7005 at 1 Veterans Way.

Three races for elected office appeared on the ballot. In all three, the incumbents ran unopposed. Returning to office for another term are Tony Xenikis as county commissioner, Jennifer S. Hunter as county auditor, and Eamon Costello as court of common pleas judge (general/domestic division).

Voter turnout
Of the 25,987 registered voters in Madison County, 14,035 cast ballots in the Nov. 8 election. That amounts to a turnout of 54 percent.

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