Voters give support to city levy

| May 7, 2014

Voters give support to city levy

By Josie Sellers

COSHOCTON – City officials had smiles on their faces at the end of election day, but the Coshocton County Joint Vocational School District staff was left still hoping for the best.

The City of Coshocton’s 2.4 mills five year levy for repair and maintenance of the roads passed with 878 voters saying yes and 639 saying no.

“I want to say thank you to all the voters who supported this levy,” said City of Coshocton Mayor Steve Mercer. “This will give us the chance to make a five year plan for road care.”

He also greatly appreciated the citizen committee that worked on sharing information about this levy with city residents.

“Last time it was pretty much me (sharing information), but this time we had a citizens committee to raise money to put the message out there,” Mercer said.

By the end of election night 1,937 voters said yes to the JVS 1 mill permanent improvement levy and 1,926 said no, but a small number of votes from precincts that touched school districts in Licking, Tuscarawas, and Guernsey counties still had to be figured into their total.

“When those votes came in, there was not enough to win,” said Deborah Kapp-Salupo, superintendent of the district. “We were down by 25 votes, but 27 ballots have not been counted yet here in the county.”

They are checking to see if other counties have any more ballots that have not been counted.

“We are so close and the one thing I want to say is we appreciate the incredible increase in the level of support the community showed us this time,” Kapp-Salupo said.

There is a potential for a recount, but more information won’t be available until Wednesday, May 21. If the levy doesn’t pass, it may go back on the ballot in November. However, if it does pass it will be good for five years and help with necessary upgrades for the building and equipment the students use. It also will enable the school to address security and transportation issues.

Other key election results include:

– Jefferson Township Tax Levy – 122 for and 79 against

– Village of West Lafayette Tax Levy – 135 against and 125 for

– Walhonding Valley Fire District Tax Levy – 364 for and 246 against

– Wal-Mart Liquor Option – 68 against and 53 for

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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