ELECTION 2014: Ohio voters to decide on local road levies

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Monday, October 27, 2014

Voters in locales throughout Ohio will decide next week on ballot issues to benefit roads and bridges.

Five communities in Wood County will include ballot questions on road levies. They are:

  • Bloom Township: whether to charge a 1-mill levy for five years for road work.
  • Haskins Village: whether to renew the 2-mill rate for five years for street construction and reconstruction.
  • Henry Township: whether to renew the 2-mill levy for five years for road repairs and improvements.
  • Middleton Township: whether to renew a 2-mill rate for three years for road construction and repairs.
  • North Baltimore Village: whether to renew the 2-mill levy for five years for road construction.


The mill rate is the rate at which property taxes are determined. Every person who owns real estate is required to pay property taxes.

In neighboring Henry County, voters in Napoleon Township will decide whether to raise the road levy by 3 mills for five years. The locale southwest of Toledo would use the additional revenue for reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets and bridges.

A little more than one hour’s drive east in Sandusky County, voters in Sandusky Township will decide whether to renew a 0.5-mill rate for five years for road work.

In the state’s northeast corner, voters in Edgerton Village will decide on the income tax rate. The Williams County locale’s ballot will include a question about a three-quarter percent levy to benefit such projects as street work.

A short drive south to Crane Township in Paulding County, voters will be asked whether to continue collection of the 2.8-mill rate for five more years to benefit roads and bridges.

Voters in multiple Clark County locales will cast ballots that include road revenue questions.

In the Dayton area, voters in the city of Springfield will be asked to approve a tax increase to repair roads. A five-year, quarter-percent income tax increase would raise about $3.75 million annually.

Voters in the nearby city of New Carlisle will decide on a five-year, one-half percent income tax increase that would benefit street work.

Five townships will decide on tax levies. They are:

  • Green Township: whether to increase the tax rate by 1.5 mills for five years for road and bridge projects.
  • Mad River Township: whether to increase the tax rate by 1.7 mills for five years for road and bridge work.
  • Moorefield Township: whether to renew the 1-mill levy for five years for road and bridge projects.
  • Pike Township: whether to raise the tax rate by 1.5 mills for five years for roads and bridges.
  • Springfield Township: whether to renew the 1-mill rate for five years for road work.


On the east side of the Columbus area, voters in seven Licking County locales will decide on road taxes. They are:

  • Newark: whether to raise the income tax by 0.15 percent to benefit roads and bridges.
  • Burlington Township: whether to raise the levy by 3 mills for five years for road and bridges.
  • Franklin Township: whether to renew the 2-mill rate for three years for road and bridge work.
  • Harrison Township: whether to renew the 2-mill rate for five years for roads and bridges.
  • Hopewell Township: whether to renew the 2-mill tax for five years for road and bridge work.
  • Jersey Township: whether to renew the 3-mill rate for five years for roads and bridges.
  • Liberty Township: whether to renew the 1-mill levy for five years for road and bridge work.


Across the county line in Muskingum County, voters in three communities will cast ballots on road levies. They are:

  • Harrison Township: whether to renew the 2-mill tax for five years for roads.
  • Jackson Township: whether to authorize a 2-mill levy for five years for road work.
  • Springfield Township: whether to renew the 2-mill rate for five years for roads.


One Harrison County locale will also include a ballot question to benefit roads. In Shortcreek Township, voters will decide whether to renew a 1-mill levy for five years for road and bridge work.

In neighboring Guernsey County, voters throughout the county will cast ballots on a 1.5-mill levy to benefit streets, roads and bridges. In addition, voters will decide whether to raise the annual motor vehicle license tax by $5 per vehicle to pay for road maintenance.

Also in the county, three locales will also decide on tax levies. They are:

  • Center Township: whether to authorize a 1-mill rate for five years for road maintenance.
  • Quaker City Village: whether to renew a 1.5-mill tax for five years for street work.
  • Senecaville Village: whether to authorize a 3.5 mill rate for five years for street work.


Across the county line in Noble County, voters in Enoch Township will decide whether to renew a 2.5-mill rate for five years for road repairs.

To the northeast in Columbiana County, voters in five communities will decide on road levies. They are:

  • Butler Township: whether to add a 1.5-mill tax for five years for roads.
  • East Palestine Village: whether to renew a 5-mill levy for five years for roads.
  • Hanover Township: whether to renew 2 mills for roads.
  • Wayne Township: whether to increase the road levy by 2 mills for five years for roads.


In northern Ohio, voters in the village of Ottawa Hills in Lucas County will decide whether to add a 3.9-mill levy for projects that include road and bridge work.

Also in the county, voters in Providence Township will cast ballots on a 3-mill levy increase for five years for roads and bridges. In addition, voters in Jerusalem Township will decide whether to renew the 2-mill rate for five years for road and bridge projects.

In neighboring Fulton County, voters in Chesterfield Township will be asked whether to renew a 2-mill tax rate for five years for road work.

Voters in two Delaware County locales will decide on levy questions. They are:

  • Brown Township: whether to renew a 2.5-mill rate for five years for roads.
  • Genoa Township: whether to increase the rate by 1.2 mills for five years for roads.


Across the county line in Franklin County, voters in the city of Upper Arlington will decide whether to increase the municipal income tax by one-half percent for projects that include street repairs.

Additional coverage on local ballot questions in Northern Ohio and Southern Ohio is available.

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