Criminal, justice services levy before Crawford County voters


Staff report



BUCYRUS — Galion-area voters have just county-wide issue and one state-wide issue to vote on in the Nov. 6, 2018 general election.

All voters in the county must decide whether to support a Crawford County Criminal and Administrative Justice Services levy. Crawford County commissioners proposed the levy — a sales and use tax in the amount of 0.5 percent — for the purpose of supporting criminal and administrative justice services in the county.

State Issue 1

Area voters also will help determine State Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment to add a new Section 12 to Article XV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio. If adopted, the amendment would:

  • Require sentence reductions of incarcerated individuals, except individuals incarcerated for murder, rape, or child molestation, by up to 25 percent if the individual participates in rehabilitative, work, or educational programming.
  • Mandate that criminal offenses of obtaining, possessing, or using any drug such as fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and other controlled substances cannot be classified as a felony, but only a misdemeanor.
  • Prohibit jail time as a sentence for obtaining, possessing, or using such drugs until an individual’s third offense within 24 months.
  • Allow an individual convicted of obtaining, possessing, or using any such drug prior to the effective date of the amendment to ask a court to reduce the conviction to a misdemeanor, regardless of whether the individual has completed the sentence.
  • Require any available funding, based on the projected savings, to be applied to state-administered rehabilitation programs and crime victim funds.
  • Require a graduated series of responses, such as community service, drug treatment, or jail time, for minor, non-criminal probation violations.

Township issues for Crawford County

VILLAGE OF NEW WASHINGTON: A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Village of New Washington for the purpose of providing and maintaining ambulance, rescue and emergency appliances and the current operation of the same by the fire department at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 10 cents for each $100 of valuation, for three years, commencing in 2019, first due in calendar year 2020.

VILLAGE OF NEW WASHINGTON: An additional tax for the benefit of the Village of New Washington for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus and appliances and current operation of the fire department at a rate not exceeding 2.5 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 25 cents for each $100 of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

BUCYRUS TOWNSHIP: A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Bucyrus Township for the purpose of fire protection at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 10 cents for each $100 of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2019, first due in calendar year 2020.

CHATFIELD TOWNSHIP: A replacement of a tax for the benefit of Chatfield Township for the purpose of current operating expenses at a rate not exceeding 1.5 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 15 cents for each $100 of valuation, for three years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP: A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Cranberry Township for the purpose of fire protection at a rate not exceeding 0.5 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 5 cents for each $100 of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP: A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Cranberry Township for the purpose of providing ambulance and emergency medical service at a rate not exceeding 0.5 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 5 cents for each $100 of valuation, for three years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

LYKENS TOWNSHIP: A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Lykens Township for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 10 cents for each $100 of valuation, for three years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

WHETSTONE TOWNSHIP: A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Whetstone Township for the purpose of fire protection at a rate not exceeding 0.2 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 2 cents for each $100 of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2019, first due in calendar year 2020.

WHETSTONE TOWNSHIP: A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Whetstone Township for the purpose of fire equipment at a rate not exceeding 0.5 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 5 cents for each $100 of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2019, first due in calendar year 2020.

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Staff report