Gallia election ballot finalized


GALLIA COUNTY — With the upcoming election to take place Nov. 7, Gallia has finalized its ballot language and issues to be voted on.

Voter registration for the Nov. 7 election ends Oct. 10. Absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 6 and received by the Gallia Board of Elections by Nov. 17. UOCAVA absentee ballots must be available for use by the Nov. 7 election by Sept. 23.

The county will be asked to vote with a major affirmative vote on a proposed additional tax levy for the Gallia Board of Developmental Disabilities. Ballot language is as follows. “An additional tax for the benefit of Gallia County, for the purpose of the provision and operation of the community developmental disabilities programs and services by the Gallia County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Guiding Hand School), at a rate not exceeding one (1) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to ten cents ($0.10) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.”

Voters are then asked to vote for or against the levy.

A proposed replacement tax for the Rio Grande Community College taxing district will also be put before Gallia voters. Ballot language is as follows. “A replacement of a tax for the benefit of Rio Grande Community College for the purpose of payment of operating costs at a rate no exceeding 1 mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.10 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.”

Voters are then asked if they are for or against the levy.

A proposed renewal tax will go before Springfield Township votes in regards to continuing operation of firefighting needs. Ballot language is as follows. “A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Springfield Township for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings, or sites, therefor, or sources of water supply and materials therefor, or the establishment and maintenance of lines of fire alarm telegraph, or the payment of permanent, part-time, or volunteer firefighters or firefighting companies to operate the same, at a rate not exceeding one (1) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to ten cents ($0.10) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.”

Voters are then asked if they are for or against the levy.

A proposed renewal tax will go before Raccoon Township voters in regards to the continuing operation of firefighting needs. Ballot language is as follows. “A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Springfield Township for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings, or sites, therefor, or sources of water supply and materials therefor, or the establishment and maintenance of lines of fire alarm telegraph, or the payment of permanent, part-time, or volunteer firefighters or firefighting companies to operate the same, at a rate not exceeding three-tenths (0.3) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to three cents ($0.03) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.”

Voters are then asked if they are for or against the levy.

A proposed renewal municipal income tax for the Village of Rio Grande is being put before voters to finance police and fire safety needs. Ballot language is as follows. “Shall the Ordinance providing for a one-half percent (1/2%) levy be renewed on income for the purpose of police and fire protection wages/benefits, equipment, supplies, and apparatus, for a period of five (5) years, beginning in 2018 be passed?”

Voters are then asked if they are for or against the levy.

Gallipolis is proposing a municipal income tax to be put before voters to finance public safety operations. Ballot language is as follows. “Shall the Ordinance providing for a one percent (1%) levy on income for public safety operations to be effective January 1, 2018 be passed?”

Voters are then asked if they are for or against the levy.

Voters inside city limits are also asked to consider a liquor option. Ballot language is as follows. “Shall the sale of wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor be permitted for sale on Sunday between the hours of eleven a.m. and midnight by P.D.C. Two, L.L.C. dba Courtside Bar & Grill an applicant for a D-6 liquor permit who is engaged in the business of operating a restaurant/bar at 308 2nd Avenue & Patio, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631 in this precinct?”

Gallia voters are also asked to consider a constitutional amendment to repeal and replace existing language in Section 10a of Article I of the Constitution of Ohio in what has been called the Rights for Crime Victims issue. A majority yes vote is necessary for the amendment to pass. “The proposed amendment would expand the rights of victims under the current Section 10a and require that the rights of victims be protected as vigorously as the rights of the accused. More specifically, for the purpose of ensuring due process, respect, fairness, and justice for crime victims and their families in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, the amendment would provide victims with: the right to privacy and to be treated with respect fairness and dignity; the right to information about the rights and services available to crime victims; the right to notification in a timely manner of all proceedings in the case; the right to be present and heard at all court proceedings, including the right to petition the court to protect the victim’s rights; the right to a prompt conclusion of the case; to refuse discovery requests made by the accused, except as authorized by Article I, Section 10 of the Ohio Constitution; the right to reasonable protection from the accused, the right to notice of the release or escape of the accused, and the right to restitution. The proposed Amendment would not establish a cause of action or damages or compensation against the state or any political subdivision. If approved, the amendment will be effective 90 days after the election.”

Another issue put before Ohio voters asks whether they will require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to specific individuals for defense of the law. Ballot language is as follows. “To enact Chapter 194 of the Ohio Revised Code. A majority yes vote is necessary for the law to pass. To enact Chapter 194 of the Ohio Revised Code, which would: Require the State of Ohio, including its state departments, agencies and entities, to not pay more for prescription drugs than the price paid by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Establish that the individual petitioners responsible for proposing the law have a direct and personal state in defending the law; require the State to pay petitioners’ reasonable attorney fees and other expenses; require the petitioners to pay $10,000 to the State if the law is held by a court to be unenforceable and limit petitioners’ personal liability to that amount; and require the Attorney General to defend the law if challenged in court.”

Finalized candidate names will be published in an upcoming story.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

A look at the issues

By Dean Wright

deanwright@aimmediamidwest.com