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Published: Wednesday, 11/8/2006

Brown re-elected to commission; senior levy wins

BY JENNIFER FEEHAN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

BOWLING GREEN - Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown was re-elected to a third term yesterday, and county voters approved a replacement levy for senior citizen services, according to unofficial results.

Mr. Brown, a Republican who had touted the county's successful record in economic development, defeated Democrat Melanie Bowen, a Lake Township trustee who had vowed to work to stop the proliferation of large-scale dairy farms in the county.

"Given the entire political climate in Ohio, I am very thankful for the fact that we have had a very successful economy and jobs-building effort in Wood County," Mr. Brown said last night. He added that the election result might have been different if Wood County had not seen an increase in manufacturing jobs, a low unemployment rate, and other positive news like Bass Pro Outdoor World's plans to build a $50 million store in Rossford.

Voters handily replaced a five-year, 0.7-mill operating levy for the Wood County senior citizen levy. The county Committee on Aging, which operates five senior centers, prepares home-delivered meals, and offers other services to senior citizens. The levy generates $1.6 million a year or about 75 percent of the agency's income.

Some of the school tax issues on the ballot, however, did not fare so well.

Voters in Perrysburg schools defeated a $28.9 million bond issue that would have paid for an extensive renovation and expansion of the junior high school, renovations at each of the elementary schools, and construction of an auxiliary gymnasium at the new high school.

The 2.39-mill, 28-year bond issue would have cost the owner of a $200,000 home $146.30 in additional property tax a year.

In the Bowling Green City Schools, a $27.5 million bond issue was defeated by a close margin. The measure was intended to build a new junior high school for seventh and eighth graders along with a new auditorium at the high school campus on West Poe Road.

In North Baltimore schools, voters rejected a continuing, 0.75 percent income tax intended to generate more than $491,000 a year. The board requested the income tax after voters in August defeated a 5.9-mill operating levy.

There was better news in the Eastwood school district where voters approved a five-year, 1 percent income tax expected to generate about $1.4 million a year. In August, voters had defeated a 3.92-mill operating levy.

"We're obviously very gratified," Eastwood Superintendent Brent Welker said last night. Voters in the Lake Local Schools, who passed an operating levy in August after nine unsuccessful attempts, also agreed to renew a five-year, 1.4-mill permanent improvement levy that raises $316,000 annually and costs a $100,000 homeowner about $40 a year.

And Otsego school district voters renewed a three-year, 1.6-mill permanent improvement levy.



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