State Issues

Issue 1: Shall there be a convention to revise, alter, or amend the Ohio Constitution? Question presented pursuant to Article XVI, Section 3 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio

Article XVI, Section 3 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio reads as follows:

"At the general election to be held in the year one thousand nine hundred and thirty-two, and in each twentieth year thereafter, the question: 'Shall there be a convention to revise, alter, or amend the constitution[,]' shall be submitted to the electors of the state; and in case a majority of the electors, voting for and against the calling of a convention, shall decide in favor of a convention, the general assembly, at its next session, Shall provide, by law, for the election of delegates, and the assembling of such convention, as is provided in the preceding section; but no amendment of this constitution, agreed upon by any convention assembled in pursuance of this article, shall take effect, until the same shall have been submitted to the electors of the state, and adopted by a majority of those voting thereon."

Issue 2: To create a state-funded commission to draw legislative and congressional districts by a proposed Ohio Constitutional Amendment

The proposed amendment would:

1. Remove the authority of elected representatives and grant new authority to appointed officials to establish congressional and state legislative district lines.

2. Create a state funded commission of appointed officials from a limited pool of applicants to replace the aforementioned. The Commission will consist of 12 members (4 affiliated with the largest political party, 4 affiliated with the second largest political party, and 4 not affiliated with either of the two largest political parties).

3. Require new legislative and congressional districts be immediately established by the Commission to replace the most recent districts adopted by elected representatives, which districts shall not be challenged except by court order until the next federal decennial census and apportionment.

4. Repeals current constitutional requirements for drawing legislative districts that avoid splits to counties, townships, municipalities and city wards where possible, and when not possible, limiting such divisions to only one division per governmental unit, and also repeals requirements to form as many whole legislative districts solely within a county as possible. The foregoing would be replaced and require the Commission to adopt a plan that complies with all applicable federal and state constitutional provisions, federal statutory provisions, and the contiguity requirement and that most closely meets the factors of community preservation, competitiveness, representational fairness, and compactness. The Commission would also be required not to draw or adopt a plan with an intent to favor or disfavor a political party, incumbent, or potential candidate.

Local Issues

Blanchard Township

A replacement of a tax for the benefit of Blanchard Township, including the Village of Dunkirk, for the purpose of current operating expenses at a rate not exceeding 1.8 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to eighteen cents ($0.18) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five (5) years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

Washington Township 

A replacement of a tax for the benefit of Washington Township for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 2.5 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to twenty-five cents ($0.25) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

Marion Township 

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Marion Township, for the purpose of fire protection at a rate not exceeding 2 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to twenty cents ($0.20) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

Northern Hardin County Fire District

An additional tax for the benefit of the Northern Hardin County Fire District for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, building, 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 same, including the payment of firefighters employers' contribution required under section 742.43 of the revised code or the purchase of ambulance equipment, or the provision of ambulance, paramedic, or emergency medical services operated by a fire department or firefighting company at a rate not exceeding 2.8 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.28 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2012, first due in calendar year 2013.

Hardin County Council on Aging

A replacement of a tax for the benefit of Hardin County for the purpose of providing direct services for the elderly citizens of Hardin County through the Hardin County Council on Aging, Inc. at a rate not exceeding 1.5 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to fifteen cents ($0.15) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five (5) years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

Hardin County 9-1-1

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Hardin County for the purpose of the operation of a 9-1-1 system at a rate not exceeding 0.75 mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.075 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five (5) years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

Apollo Career Center Joint Vocational Schools

Shall bonds be issued by the Apollo Career Center Joint Vocational School District for the purpose of TO PAY THE LOCAL SHARE OF SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION UNDER THE STATE OF OHIO VOCATIONAL FACILITIES ASSISTANCE PROGRAM in the principal amount of $11,638,923, to be repaid annually over a maximum period of 30 years, and an annual levy of property taxes be made outside the ten-mill limitation, estimated by the county auditor to average over the repayment period of the bond issue 0.31 mill for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to $0.031 for each one hundred dollars of tax valuation, commencing in 2012, first due in calendar year 2013, to pay the annual debt charges on the bonds, and to pay debt charges on any notes issued in anticipation of those bonds?

Shall an additional tax levy for the benefit of the Apollo Career Center Joint Vocational School District for the purpose of ENLARGING, IMPROVING AND REBUILDING BUILDINGS INCLUDING MAINTENANCE OF CLASSROOM FACILITIES at a rate not exceeding 0.2 mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.02 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of 10 years, commencing in 2012, first due in calendar year 2013?

Shall bonds be issued by the Apollo Career Center Joint Vocational School District for the purpose of PAYING FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO FACILITIES, INCLUDING RENOVATIONS, ADDITIONS, EQUIPMENT, FURNISHINGS AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS, AND ALL NECESSARY APPURTENANCES THERETO in the principal amount of $18,361,077, to be repaid annually over a maximum period of 30 years, and an annual levy of property taxes be made outside the ten-mill limitation, estimated by the county auditor to average over the repayment period of the bond issue 0.49 mill for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to $0.049 for each one hundred dollars of tax valuation, commencing in 2012, first due in calendar year 2013, to pay the annual debt charges on the bonds, and to pay debt charges on any notes issued in anticipation of those bonds?