Voters support most major levies, but say no to two

| November 6, 2013

COSHOCTON – Voters threw their support to renewal levies, but weren’t as willing to back new ones on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Levies for the Coshocton City School District, Hopewell School, Senior Citizen Services, 911 Emergency Service and Mental Health and Recovery Programs all passed. The Coshocton City Street Department and Joint Vocational School District levies both unfortunately failed.
“The streets are probably the number one issue we receive calls about at city hall,” said Mayor Steve Mercer. “We tried to make people aware of our needs and we came close to passing this. What we need to do now is evaluate what this means for us and get together and see where we go from here.”
He is not sure if the city will try to put another levy for street repairs on the ballot.
“It’s too early to say,” Mercer said. “We know the need is there, but we aren’t sure of the course of action we need to take. At this point we need to evaluate what this vote told us.”
The Coshocton County Career Center is disappointed its levy failed, but officials at the school promise to keep building skills and changing the lives of children in the community.
They plan to be back on the ballot in the spring and hope at that time people are able to see how important their need for facility and security upgrades are.

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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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