GALLIA COUNTY — With the upcoming November election approaching fast, Wednesday was the last day to apply for candidates or issues to be placed on the ballot.
According to information gathered from the Gallia Board of Elections, pending the approval of the board during an Aug. 18 meeting, Gallia voters will be asked to vote on two tax issues while Gallipolis voters will be tasked with voting on a public safety income tax levy. Rio Grande residents will also be asked to vote on an income tax public safety levy and Raccoon Township will be asked to vote on a fire levy. Gallipolis voters will also be asked to approve or disapprove a liquor option for a restaurant within city limits.
Gallipolis City Commission has requested that voters consider an additional one percent of their incomes to be paid in tax to fund ongoing efforts to assist policing needs. Currently, Gallipolis residents and individuals working within municipal limits already pay one percent of their income in tax. If the tax issue passes, they will be paying two percent.
Rio Grande is asking villagers and those who work within village limits to continue paying 1.5 percent of their income to fund police and public safety efforts. Members of Raccoon Township are asked to approve a continuing fire levy which asks residents to pay three tenths of a mill which would generate roughly $8.6 thousand to be put towards firefighter needs.
The Rio Grande Community College is asking Gallia, Meigs, Vinton, Jackson and Hocking Counties to consider passing a permanent replacement levy which would continue funding the organization’s operations. According to the Gallia Board of Elections should the levy pass, Meigs would potentially generate $385,000 to be put towards the college a year. Jackson would generate roughly $542,000, Hocking would generate roughly $55, Gallia would generate $794,000 and Vinton County would generate $298,000. According to Rio Grande Community College officials, the replacement levy is a tax that is based on current property evaluations. If the levy passes, a homeowner owning property worth $100,000 will pay an additional $2.39 per month.
Gallia residents are also asked by the Gallia Board of Developmental Disabilities to consider passing a levy of an additional mill which would generate roughly $794,000 for the board to put towards schooling and service needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.
According to Gallia Board of DD Superintendent Pamela Combs, county residents already pay .8 mills for board of DD services in the region. According to her, with the lessening of funds from state entities put towards supporting local services for individuals with developmental disabilities, the board has to request more of the community’s support to keep its school open. Combs said the board has already had to ask for additional funding in the last year to keep the Guiding Hand School open from the state. Should the levy pass, residents would be paying roughly 1.8 mills worth of tax.
Gallipolis residents are also asked to consider allowing Courtside Bar and Grill to sell liquor on Sundays between the hours of 11 a.m. and midnight.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.