Voters in Miami County supported a request by the county Park District for a replacement levy with increase while Tipp City voters selected Corine Doll and Joellen Heatherly to serve on the Tipp City Exempted Village Schools Board of Education in Tuesday's general election.
Unofficials totals from the county Board of Elections in Troy showed the park levy with 13,509 for and 8,883 against.
The unofficial results from the Tipp City school board race showed Doll with 1,591; Heatherly with 1,566; Eric Windeknecht with 1,169 and Frank Maus with 1,147.
In Bethel Township, voters in the Bethel Local Schools elected Jacob King, Danny Elam Jr. and Julie Reese from eight candidates for seats on the board of education. The unofficial totals showed King had 883; Elam, 1,168; Joe Solch, 466; P. Scott Hawthorn, 414; Reese, 1,024; Chase Heck, 538; Jennifer Evans, 714; and Brian Moore, 455.
Bethel Township voters also OK'd renewal of a 3.8-mill operating levy by 885 to 623, according to unofficial results.
The Miami County Parks asked voters to approve a 1.5 mill, 10-year replacement levy with increase. The levy would generate $3,417,486 a year or around $900,000 more than the current levy, which is in its seventh year.
The new levy would cost the owner of a home with $100,000 value $52.50 a year, an increase of $20.90, according to the Miami County Auditor’s Office.
"On behalf of our board of Park Commissioners and staff, we would like to thank the community for their continued support of the Miami County Park District through the passage of our levy. We will strive to continue to meet the changing needs of our community while maintaining the strong tradition of providing clean, safe parks for everyone to enjoy," said J. Scott Myers, park district executive director.
The current levy expires in 2019 but the board chose to go to voters early to give “a little buffer in case any issues arise” and to have guaranteed funding required for the district to be eligible for some grants, Myers said.
The old levy will be canceled and replaced with the new one.
In the race for Tipp City council, incumbents Joe Gibson and Katelyn Breach were re-elected while Frank Scenna, a newcomer, also was elected. A fourth seat on council will be filled by council appointment after the first of the year. A candidate - Ryan August - had filed for that seat but later withdrew his petitions saying that a new job would require more of his time.