ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Local issues and a number of school levies top ballots in local communities during today's primary election in Ohio.
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
- In Belmont County, the Bellaire Local School District will again ask voters to approve a levy. This time the school district is seeking an additional 8.25 mills for five years for the purpose of providing for emergency requirements.
This will be the sixth time since 2010 that voters in the Bellaire Local School District have been asked to approve a funding increase in the district. The five prior attempts all have been unsuccessful.
The Bridgeport Exempted Village School District is seeking an additional 1-mill levy for five years for current operating expenses, while the St. Clairsville-Richland School District is requesting an additional 2.75 mills for a continuing period of time for the purpose of current expenses.
The village of Bethesda has two levies on the ballot. The first is a replacement levy for 3 mills for a continuing period of time for the purpose of providing and maintaining motor vehicles, communications and other equipment used directly in the operation of the police department, or the payment of salaries to permanent police personnel.
POLLS OPEN TODAY
Polls are open for a primary election from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today in several Ohio communities.
The second, meanwhile, seeks the renewal of a 1.5-mill levy for five years for the purpose of general construction reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads, bridges and alleys.
The Memorial Park District of St. Clairsville City and Richland Township also is asking voters to approve an additional 0.25 mills for five years for the purpose of current expenses.
- In Jefferson County, there are two contested races for Democratic nominations to Steubenville City Council. In the 2nd Ward, voters will choose between Michael R. Johnson and Lori A. Mason; and in the 6th Ward, the candidates are Robert M. Chapman, Daniel Thorne Jr. and Bob Villamagna.
The Indian Creek Local School District has on the ballot a 3.5-mill bond issue for 37 years. Money would go toward constructing new school facilities; renovating, improving and constructing additions to existing facilities; furnishing and equipping school facilities; improving school properties; and acquiring land and interests in land as necessary.
Two other school levies include some voters in Belmont and Harrison counties.
The Buckeye Local School District is seeking an additional 2.1 mills for five years for the purpose of emergency requirements, while the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School District is asking for an additional 1 mill for seven years for current expenses, purchasing equipment and buildings and improved buildings.
Two levies in the village of Adena also will include some Harrison County precincts. The first is for the replacement of a 2-mill levy for current expenses for five years, while the second seeks the renewal of a 5-mill levy for emergency medical services for five years.
Voters in Bergholz will be asked to renew a 1.5-mill levy for five years for current operating expenses, while those in Saline Township will see on their ballot a request for an additional 2-mill levy for five years for current operating expenses.
Mingo Junction leaders, meanwhile, is asking residents for the authority to aggregate the retail electric load in the village.
- Polls in just three townships will be open in Harrison County. Voters in German and Green townships only will vote at the board of elections office at the courthouse in Cadiz, and voting also will take place in Shortcreek Township at the Harrisville Fire Department.
Voters in these townships will be voting on issues that overlap with Jefferson County, including the school levies in the Buckeye Local and Jefferson County Joint Vocational school districts, and the two issues in Adena.
- In Monroe County, the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District - including some areas of Belmont County - is seeking an additional 6.44 mills for five years for the purchase of avoiding an operating deficit of the school district.