Voters make choices in county, district races

MIAMI COUNTY — Voters had their say at the polls on Tuesday throughout the county.

According to unofficial results, with 81 of 85 precincts counted as of press time, provided by the Miami County Board of Elections, results of local candidate races and ballot issues include:

CANDIDATES

• U.S. Congress

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, Democratic candidate for Congress Dr. Vanessa Enoch, of West Chester, and Independent candidate Isaac Reed, of Hamilton, vied for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District seat on Tuesday. Voters saw Davidson and Enoch on the ballot and had the option to select Reed as a write-in candidate.

Davidson won with 187,858 votes, or 67 percent, of the votes, as of press time. Enoch received 94,444 votes, or 33 percent, as of press time.

• State Representative

Ted Jones, retired factory manager from Piqua, challenged incumbent Republican Jena Powell of Darke County for the 80th District Ohio House of Representatives seat.

Powell retained her seat, receiving 43.607 votes, or 75 percent, of the votes, as of press time. Jones received 14,925 votes, or 25 percent of the votes, as of press time.

• County Commissioner

In the race for the open commissioner seat, to be vacated by sitting commissioner Jack Evans at the end of this year, Republican Wade Westfall and Democrat Jack Bastian faced off on Tuesday.

In the end, Westfall took the race with 39,215 votes, or 75 percent of the votes. Bastian received 12,697 votes, or 25 percent. All numbers are as of press time.

ISSUES

• Troy City Schools Earned Income Tax Levy

The Troy City Schools sought an earned income tax levy on the Nov. 3 ballot. The levy failed, as of press time, with 8,490 votes against the tax, or 54 percent, and 7,359 against, or 46 percent.

The 0.25 earned income tax would have raised $2 million per year for general operating costs.

The district currently has a continuous 1.5 percent income tax. The 0.25 percent is on earned income tax only and will not affect property taxes.

• Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities

The Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities, also known in the community as Riverside, sought the renewal of a 2.5-mill property tax levy for services on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The levy passed with 36,552 votes for, or 70 percent, and 15,734 against, or 30 percent.

The levy was first passed in 2011 and makes up 40 percent of the organization’s annual budget. In 2019, this levy raised $5,568,682. Those funds provide services including early intervention for children from birth to age 3, case management services for age 3 through end of life, in-home care, adult day services, transportation, employment supports, advocacy training and family education, community integration services, health and safety assurance, training for Direct Support Professionals, and recreation and Special Olympics programming.

• Bridge levy

Miami County voters were asked to renew an existing 0.45-mill, five-year bridge levy on Tuesday.

As of press time, the levy was approved with 33,368 votes for, or 64 percent, and 19,126 against, or 36 percent.

The levy, which has been in place since 1951, generates approximately $922,270 per year for the replacement and repair of the county’s bridge system, which includes 342 bridges and 2,693 culverts.

According to Miami County Engineer Paul Huelskamp, these funds help give “leverage” to be able to bring in federal funds to the county.

Huelskamp said the levy allows the county to keep roadways safe and updated.

• Tipp City Capital Improvement Levy

Residents in Tipp City voted to deny the capital improvement levy renewal that appeared on Tuesday’s election ballot. The levy failed with 2,713 votes against, or 51 percent, and 2,630, or 49 percent.

The levy was a 0.50 percent, 10-year income levy that would have commenced in January 2021. Capital improvements covered under the levy included, but were not limited to repairing, replacing, improving and expanding municipal roads, streets, alleys, stormwater systems, buildings, structures or other physical assets, including vehicles and equipment.

• Covington Fire Protection and Emergency Services

The village of Covington asked voters for the renewal of a 2.5-mills, 5-year property tax for fire protection and emergency medical services.

The levy passed with 863 votes for, or 71 percent, and 353 against, or 29 percent.

President of the Covington Fire and EMS Inc. Chris Haines said the levy originated in 2016 to allow two emergency medical services personnel on staff for 24 hours, seven days a week coverage of the village, and Newberry Township.

Haines said the full-time, round the clock staff has decreased its response time from six minutes down to two minutes per call. The funding also supports the fire department’s equipment upkeep and apparatus.

• Bethel Rezoning Referendum

Residents in Bethel Township voted to overturn the approval of two previously approved rezoning requests in Bethel Township.

• M-U Exempted Village School District Property Tax Renewal
Voters in the Milton-Union Exempted Village School District considered a 3.9-mill property tax renewal on the Tuesday ballot.
The levy was approved with 3,106 votes for, or 60 percent, and 2,058 against, or 40 percent, as of press time.

According to district treasurer Kay Altenburger, the levy was first passed in 1991 and raises $411,000 per year for the district’s permanent improvement projects.

Permanent improvement levy funds are used to purchase things that have a five-year useful life. The funds are used primarily for technology, safety, transportation, and security.

• Lostcreek Township Fire Protection Renewal Levy

Lostcreek Township sought to renew a levy for fire protection services with a 1.5 mills, five-year property tax beginning in 2021, first due in 2022.

The levy was approved with 594 vote for, or 72 percent, and 231 against, or 28 percent.

• Miami Southwest Joint Ambulance District

Union Township voters were asked to renew an ambulance levy at the polls. The levy passed, as of press time, with 3,671 vote for, or 71 percent, and 1,468 against, or 29 percent.

The Miami Southwest Joint Ambulance District is asking taxpayers for the renewal of a 1.5-mill property tax for ambulance and emergency services in the township. The renewal would be for five years, beginning in 2021 and first due in 2022.

According to Miami Southwest Joint Ambulance District Board President Doug Baker, this is a renewal of a property tax first introduced three years ago to support ambulances services in the township. Baker said funds from the levy will be used to continue to pay staff, and to purchase equipment and supplies and for building expenses. The Miami Southwest Joint Ambulance District does have a 1.0-mill permanent levy in place for emergency services, Baker said, however additional funds were needed.

Official results will available on Monday, Nov. 16.