PDT Staff Writer
Officials with the village of Otway were optimistic going into Tuesday’s primary election. The village was making a second attempt at passing a tax levy that failed last fall after the issue ended in a tie. The levy passed Tuesday evening, 13 votes for the levy and four against.
“I’m just glad it did (pass),” said Otway Mayor Suzanne Nichols.
One of the big expenses that’s payed from the levy, she said, is to keep the village street lights on.
“There are other things that payed for through this levy, but keeping the street lights on is a big expense,” Nichols said. “Without it (thetax levy) I do not know what we would have done.”
In the last November election the levy failed because it tied 13 to 13. When the Scioto County Board of Elections recounted the ballots from the general election the results remained the same and the board determined the levy failed due to a tie vote.
There was also some concern because some voters received the wrong ballot when attempting to vote for the levy in November.
“We did find that one person in the township was given a village ballot and one person in the village was given a township ballot. That’s all our records show,” said Julia Gearheart, director of the Scioto County Board of Elections. “It’s a poll worker error with voter responsibility error as well.”
Nichols said village officials had not discussed what options would be available to them had the levy not passed Tuesday evening.
“You can run that (tax levy on the ballot) three times, if it had not passed this time we would have put it back on the ballot in November,” Nichols said.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.