2018 ARCHIVE PHOTO BY DREW HUGLAND | DGKN
Three levies with the goal to continue to provide and improve fire and EMS services in Sugar Creek Township were passed by voters Tuesday.
In unofficial results, 668 people voted for the Northern Sugar Creek Township Fire District additional tax levy and 341 voted against the levy; 918 votes were cast for the East Wayne Joint Fire District additional tax levy and 409 voted against the levy; 811 voters approved the Southern Sugar Creek Township Fire District additional tax levy and 298 people voted against the levy.
Money generated from the Northern SCT Fire District levy will benefit East Wayne Fire District and funds from the Southern SCT Fire District levy will benefit Kidron Volunteer Fire Department with a portion going to Orrville Fire Department, which covers a small area. KVFD representatives have said funds from the 1.5-mill levy will pay for operating expenses. EWFD will use funds to pay for staffing. Voters in Dalton and Marshallville considered a 2.9-mill levy and voters in the northern unincorporated part of the township also saw a 2.9-mill levy on their ballots. All of the levies are for two years.
The estimated tax revenue generated for the levy in the Northern Sugar Creek Township Fire District is $251,000. The levy in the southern taxing district is expected to bring in $106,000. The first collection will be in 2021.
This was the fourth time East Wayne Fire District put a levy in front of voters to consider and the first time residents approved the levy since the fire district was established in 2012.
Nearly 75 percent of registered voters cast ballots: 53,774 of 74,505.
In other results:
* The majority of Wayne County voters (36,059) chose Donald J. Trump over Joseph R. Biden (16,340) in the presidential race.
* Anthony Gonzalez received the majority of votes (37,332) over Aaron Paul Godfrey (14,085) for Representative to Congress 16th District.
* Scott Wiggam received the majority of votes (36,049) over Alison Theiss (15,519) for State Representative 1st District.
* Voters approved the Wayne County tax levy renewal 1 mill for developmental disabilities by 33,579 votes for the levy and 17, 304 votes against the levy.
* Wayne County passed the .6 mill renewal and increase for MEDWAY with 28,496 voting for the levy and 22,232 voting against.