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Majority of levies approved

November 8, 2012
By JO ANN BOBBY-GILBERT - East Liverpool Reporter ( , The Review

LISBON - Voters approved a majority of issues on Tuesday's ballot, but in Center Township, a new 1.3-mill fire levy was defeated, according to unofficial results from the county election board.

Results showed that 55.82 percent of voters opposed the Center Township issue, compared to 44.18 in favor.

The levy would have generated $63,000 annually and was earmarked as the township's share of the $300,000 cost of a new pumper for the Lisbon Fire Department, with which the township contracts for fire protection.

Columbiana County voters also opposed a 4-mill fire/EMS levy for the Sandy Creek Joint Fire District, with 57.47 percent opposed and 42.53 percent in favor. A portion of the district is in Paris Township, Stark County, where it also was defeated, with 53.55 percent opposed and 46.45 in favor.

In Rogers, an additional 2-mill current expenses levy was supported by voters, with 53.40 percent in favor and 46.60 percent opposed. The levy will generate $4,600 annually and will raise taxes $30.63 per year for the owner of a $50,000 home.

Voters overwhelmingly supported the renewal of a 3-mill cemetery levy for the village of Lisbon, with 60.06 percent in favor and 39.94 percent opposed. The levy accounts for a significant portion of the cemetery's operating revenue, generating between $57,000 and $63,000 annually.

In East Palestine, voters also generously supported the renewal of two levies for parks and recreation that, combined, generate $121,600 annually for park operations.

Unofficial results showed 68.21 percent of East Palestine voters in favor of a 1-mill renewal and 31.79 percent opposed, while 61.25 percent of voters favored renewal of the 2-mill issue, with 38.75 percent opposed.

Voters also supported fire levies in several areas, both renewal and replacement issues.

A 1.5-mill replacement fire levy in Fairfield Township was approved by 59.94 percent of voters, with 40.06 percent opposed.

In Hanover Township, a 1-mill fire levy was overwhelmingly renewed, with 72.10 percent in favor and 27.90 opposed.

Knox Township voters supported 1-mill replacement fire levies for both the Homeworth and North Georgetown fire departments. For the Homeworth department, 74.83 percent were in favor and 25.17 opposed, and for the North Georgetown department, 71.62 percent were in favor and 28.38 percent opposed.

Middleton Township voters supported a 2-mill replacement road levy, with 53.61 percent in favor and 46.39 percent opposed.

An additional 3-mill road levy in West Township passed with 50.66 percent of voters in favor and 49.34 opposed.



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