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Major decisions on Tuesday

November 6, 2011
Morning Journal News

Tuesday is Election Day, a very important day for determining the futures of our communities.

This year's election may seem unimportant to some because it doesn't include the big offices such as president, governor, senator or congressman.

However, the people we will be electing on Nov. 8 are the grassroots of our governing process and are more likely to affect our everyday lives than those on the state and national levels.

This year we are electing mayors, city and village council members, school board members and township trustees. These are the people who will be making sure that our streets and roads are plowed when the snow falls and patching these same roads after the spring thaw brings pot holes.

They'll determine whether our local taxes will increase or stay the same, whether we have adequate police and fire protection, or if we have too few or too many buildings in a particular school district.

Voters in the United Local district will decide if they want to increase their property taxes to finance a new school.

Several communities will vote on fire and road levies and 11 towns and townships will consider electric aggregation issues.

East Palestine will consider a charter amendment and three areas will vote on liquor sales options.

And everyone in Ohio will vote on three issues: Issue 1 which would raise the maximum age for those seeking election to judicial office from 70 to 75; Issue 2 which would repeal Ohio Senate Bill 5 which limits collective bargaining for public employees in the state; and Issue 3 which would exempt residents of Ohio from national health care mandates.

So, even if this election doesn't have all the hype that next year's election will have, in many ways this one is more important. Be sure to vote.



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