Miami County’s Board of Election certified issues and candidates for the May ballot and said good-bye to two of its four members during its Feb. 9 meeting.
Board members Dean Tamplin, a Democrat from Tipp City, and Jose Lopez, a Republican from West Milton are leaving the board when their terms expire at month’s end.
The new elections board will be seated in March with Ryan King, a Republican from Piqua, the only returning member. Kelly Gillis, a Democrat from Tipp City, retired from the board at the end of 2016.
The county Democratic Party has appointed Dave Fisher and Audrey Gillespie to fill the party’s two seats on the board. The appointments need to be approved by the Ohio Secretary of State. The Republicans last week appointed Andrew Johnston as a new Republican board member. That appointment also needs to be approved.
During the Feb. 9 meeting, Lopez said he wanted to thank elections staff and fellow board members for their service.
“It has been a pleasure working with you. Part of this I am going to miss and part of it, I am not going to miss,” Lopez said with a laugh.
Tamplin said he echoed Lopez’ sentiments. “It was an honor to serve on a truly bipartisan board. It was an honor for the last three years. I thank you for all of your help,” Tamplin said.
King said he enjoyed working with the departing board members.
In other business, the board certified candidates for the May election in Troy council races and issues for the ballot. Language for the issues was approved by the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, elections Director Bev Kendall said.
The Tipp City schools will ask voters to approve a renewal levy that combines two previous emergency levies. The result was a 13.9-mill, seven-year emergency levy.
The request would generate $5,607,516 a year, the same amount now being raised from the two levies.
The Tipp City schools’ levy would continue to cost the owner of a home with a $100,000 value, $425.69 a year, according to information from the county Auditor’s Office.
Superintendent Gretta Kumpf has been emphasizing the combined levy would not increase taxes and would continue allowing the homestead exemption.
The Bethel schools will ask voters to approve two renewal levies. A 7-mill, five-year operating levy would continue to generate $1,032,718 a year. A 2-mill, five-year capital improvement levy would continue to raise $206,160 each year.
The cost of the Bethel 7-mill levy to the taxpayer with a $100,000 home value would be $202.69 a year, the same as today. The cost of the 2-mill levy to the same taxpayer would continue to be $38.61 annually.
Nonpartisan races for school boards, township trustees and city/village councils will be in the fall.