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Published: Wednesday, 3/7/2012

Bond issue for B.G. pool project passes

Library, police levies find favor with voters

BY MARK ZABORNEY
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Nabieh Mikhail, left, assists voter Brady Gaskins at Bowling Green Senior High School. Among the questions on the ballot was a bond issue to build an outdoor pool. Nabieh Mikhail, left, assists voter Brady Gaskins at Bowling Green Senior High School. Among the questions on the ballot was a bond issue to build an outdoor pool.
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BOWLING GREEN -- From a swimming pool to police services, voters decided the fates of a range of projects and services.

Bowling Green voters resoundingly approved a 0.6-mill, 20-year bond issue, which will generate $3.8 million to build an outdoor aquatic facility on the site of the existing 49-year-old pool.

"In these tough economic times, it's just amazing support the community gave to the aquatic project," said Michelle Grigore, director of parks and recreation. "I'm truly amazed and thankful for the win we had. I thought it would be very close.''

The existing pool will be demolished after the coming season. The goal is to complete the new complex for the 2013 season, Ms. Grigore said.

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The new facility is to include lap lanes as well as areas where swimmers walk into the pool, a splash pad and splash toys, slides, a bathhouse, and a filtration system.

In northern Wood County, library levies won by large margins.

Rossford voters approved a 1-mill, five-year renewal levy to generate $417,841 a year for its public library operations.

Perrysburg voters approved a 1.5-mill, four-year renewal levy that generates $852,972 a year for the Way Public Library.

For owners of houses valued at $100,000, that amounts to $29.35 a year for Rossford and $45.94 a year for Way, according to the Wood County Auditor's Office.

In Fulton County, voters in Delta approved an additional 5-mill, five-year operating levy for the police department. It would raise $242,000 annually to help pay for operations and equipment for police. Officials sought the money because Delta stands to lose $228,000 a year in state funding and 12 percent in local property tax revenue.

In Metamora, voters spurned a 0.5-mill, five-year additional levy to create a fund to operate Metamora Community Park and to help pay for recreational improvements to the reservoir property owned by the village. The levy would have raised $5,150 a year and cost the owner of a $100,000 house $15.31 a year.

Sandusky County voters for the sixth time defeated an additional 0.8-mill, five-year operating levy that would generate about $940,000 to help provide mental health services through the tri-county Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. Wyandot and Seneca counties have approved their levies.

Sandusky County voters also rejected an additional 2-mill operating levy for the county's board of developmental disabilities, which operates the School of Hope. The levy would have brought in $2.3 million a year for a continuing period.

In Henry County, voters approved a 1.2-mill, five-year replacement levy for more funds for the health district, a request pared down from a plan voters previously rejected. The measure will bring in $722,800 a year for general operations of the health department and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $36.75 a year.

Voters in Seneca County approved renewal of a 0.5-mill, five-year levy for the county's board of developmental disabilities, which operates the School of Opportunity. The levy generates about $280,000 a year and costs the owner of a $100,000 house $6.67 a year.

Hancock County voters approved renewal of a 1.3-mill, five-year levy for the county's board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services. The levy generates more than $2.1 million a year and costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $40 a year.

In Fulton County, voters approved renewal of a 2-mill, five-year levy for the board of developmental disabilities. The levy generates about $1.6 million a year and costs the owner of a $100,000 home $61.25 annually.

Contact Mark Zaborney at: mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.



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