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Lucas County Board of Elections certifies issues for ballots

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A proposed marijuana initiative in Oregon, municipal service funding, and school taxes will all be on the ballot this November.

Lucas County Board of Elections members met Tuesday and certified signatures for a host of property tax proposals. Election Day is Nov. 6

In Lucas County, voters will weigh in on 10-year renewals at 1.85 mills for Children Services and 1 mill for Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. Also, a bond issue at 1.37 mills for up to 37 years would fund a new county jail.

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will have a renewal at 0.4 mill for economic and job development programs for five years. Toledo Public Schools has renewals of 5.8 mills for current expenses and permanent improvements over five years and 6.67 mills for emergency requirements over 10 years.

Sylvania Schools has a new .09 mill safety and security levy for five years, Evergreen Schools has a renewal of 0.5 percent income tax for current expenses for five years, and Springfield Schools has a renewal and increase of 2.25 mills for permanent improvements over five years.

In Washington Township, there are five-year renewals of 2.5 mills for roads, streets, and bridges, 5.75 mills for fire and emergency medical services, and 1 mill for parks and recreation expenses. Springfield Township has a renewal at 4.4 mills for fire protection, over five years. Jerusalem Township is seeking a new 0.25 mill levy for cemetery expenses over five years.

The board also certified a new levy seeking 4.9 mills at Washington Local Schools for current operating expenses and general permanent improvements for a continuing period of time, renewal at 5 mills for operating expenses over five years at the village of Harbor View, and 0.5 mill renewal for Oregon senior services for five years.

The secretary of state has already approved language for each of these measures.

Board members approved adding a proposed “Sensible Marihuana Law” initiative in Oregon, pending exact ballot language from the secretary of state.

The citizen-led ballot initiative intends to essentially decriminalize in Oregon Municipal Code possessing small amounts of marijuana, city Administrator Michael Beazley said.

Oregon, however, pursues charges under state law, which would not be altered, Mr. Beazley said. He said he does not expect any changes in procedure if the initiative succeeds or fails.

“Oregon will continue to use Ohio law and the Ohio Revised Code in its enforcement of criminal prosecutions,” Mr. Beazley said.

Toledo voters approved a similar measure in 2015, but a Lucas County Common Pleas Court judge later struck down portions of the decriminalization law as "unconstitutional and unenforceable."

Board members may approve additional measures at their Aug. 28 meeting, pending Toledo certification. These potential proposals for voters would involve whether a new county jail should remain in downtown Toledo, declaration of a Lake Erie Bill of Rights, and Toledo should join a regional water board.

Contact Ryan Dunn at rdunn@theblade.com, 419-724-6095, or on Twitter @RDunnBlade.

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