Issues to watch on Tuesday's ballot

Most counties in the viewing area have issues or candidates on the May 5 special election ballot. Here are some races people are talking about.

Schools

Many school levies are up for a vote.

Maumee

Maumee city schools are asking voters to approve a 3.9 mill continuing operating levy. According to our media partner, The Blade, if the levy goes down to defeat, the school board would lay off more teachers and staff, reduce busing and close one elementary school. If passed, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $120 a year.

Otsego

Voters in the Otsego Local School District are asked to pass a 5 mill, five-year emergency operating levy. That would generate just under $1.1 million dollars a year. It would cost the owner of a $100 home about $153 dollars a year. If passed, all three elementary schools would stay open for one year, and the district would find other ways to cut.

Other districts with levies on todays ballot:

  • Liberty-Benton
  • Arcadia
  • Fostoria
  • Bluffton
  • Vanlue
  • Springfield Local

Cell phone ban

Also, a cell phone ban while driving in BG in the first such ban offered to voters in our area.

Zoning for a big box store

Some Bedford residents have been fighting rezoning for seven years, trying to keep a big box store, such as Walmart, out of their town. The issue is on the ballot today.