(Posted May 4, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
In the May 3 primary election, Jennifer S. Hunter claimed the Republican nomination for Madison County auditor with 2,924 votes to Ashley N. Cooper’s 1,842 votes.
Results for the levies on the ballot were mixed.
Mount Sterling Public Library
According to unofficial results from the Madison County Board of Elections, Mount Sterling Public Library’s request for five-year renewal of a 0.4-mill property tax levy with a 0.1-mill increase passed 243-216. The levy is for operating expenses.
“It was a pretty close win by 27 votes, but we’ll take it,” said Steve Brindza, library director. “The increase definitely will help, mainly with materials and programming. It means about $7,800 more annually for the library. We will be looking into different types of materials and adding more fiction and non-fiction new titles.”
Jefferson Township Fire Department
The vote tally for Jefferson Township’s fire levy request is close: 558 votes (49.91 percent) for the levy versus 560 votes (50.09 percent) against the levy.
The Board of Elections plans to certify the election’s official vote tallies on May 25. Yet to be counted are provisional ballots and mail-in ballots postmarked by May 2.
“I’m remaining hopeful that there may be some uncounted votes that will lead this into a winning situation,” said Fire Chief Chris Snyder.
In the November 2021 election, the township requested a levy to build a new fire station and generate additional operating funds. That levy failed. For the May 2022 primary election, the township focused solely on operating funds, asking for replacement of the existing 11-mill property tax with a 1-mill increase.
“These funds are necessary funds for our ongoing operations,” Snyder said. “In the event that the (primary election) does not go in our favor, it’s something that we will have to bring back and approach voters again.”
He added, “I want to the thank the people who have supported us, and I respect the votes of those who, in one way or another, could not support us.”
City of London
The city of London sought a 0.5 percent income tax increase to build a new police station and a new community center, as well as generate additional funding for the city’s division of fire and EMS. The levy failed 497-1,044.
“I am not discouraged with the voting outcome on this first-time levy,” said Mayor Patrick Closser. “We are tasked with doing what is best for the city while being effective and efficient. With the police department and community center’s current building conditions and the need for adequate funding for our division of fire and EMS, we felt this was the best plan.”
“These are still needs of the city,” he continued, “and we will regroup and figure out what our next plan of action will be.”
Closser thanked those who showed support for the levy and thanked the levy committee.
Three local option requests for alcohol sales passed.
• Butcher Block–Independence Way LLC, doing business as the Butcher Block restaurant at 2280 State Rte. 56 SW, London, sought permission for the sale of wine, mixed beverages, and spiritous liquor on Sundays from 10 a.m. to midnight. The option passed 238-144. Voting was open to voters in London’s Ward 4.
• Pioneer Pizza–Monarch Pizza LLC, doing business as the Pioneer Pizza restaurant at 132 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City, sought permission for the sale of wine, mixed beverages, and spiritous liquor on Sundays from 10 a.m. to midnight. The option passed 110-63. Voting was open to voters in the Plain City East precinct.
• The Grainery–Monarch Pizza LLC, doing business as the Grainery & Patio restaurant at 138 W. Main St., Plain City, sought permission for the sale of wine, mixed beverages, and spiritous liquor on Sundays from 10 a.m. to midnight. The option passed 114-61. Voting was open to voters in the Plain City East precinct.