Four money issues pass muster with electorate

LISBON -Voters in Tuesday’s election were in an agreeable mood for the most part, passing four of the eight money issues on the ballot, including two that will raises taxes on property owners.

Knox Township residents voted yes – by just one vote – to a new fire levy, while New Waterford’s citizens renewed an existing operating levy but as a replacement levy, which will result in a tax increase for village property owners.

Voters also approved renewal levies in the Salem school district and for a police levy in Perry Township by wide margins.

But voters also narrowly rejected a new fire levy in Center Township and, by larger margins, a new Salineville police levy and new school improvement levies in the Columbiana and United Local school districts.

The majority of county voters sat out Tuesday’s election due to the limited number of ballot issues and the fact that there was not a single contested candidates’ race.

In fact, only 39 of the 89 precincts were open, and of the 26,364 registered voters in those precincts, only 3,639 cast ballots, for a turnout of 13.8 percent.