August 1, 2014

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Columbia Station voters deciding two issues today

Voters in Columbia Station will head to the polls today — the only area of the county to host a special election — to decide two issues.

Columbia Schools have put forth a 28-year, 1.85-mill bond issue to construct the Copopa addition to Columbia Middle School, renovate classrooms, replace the school’s heating and air conditioning systems, and make electrical upgrades. Other benefits of the issue will be the reinstatement of sports for grades seven through nine, assistant high school coaches, school plays and field trips, as well as advanced placement and gifted education classes, according to the school district’s website.

Passage of Issue 2, which is projected to cost $4.72 a month for the owner of a $100,000 home, also will eliminate a $50 district student fee and return the pay-to-participate fee to $75 for the 2011-12 school year. Passage of the bond issue also will enable the schools to direct existing permanent improvement money to other facility upgrades across the district, which will protect operating funds from being used for building maintenance and repairs.

The second issue on the ballot is a new, 1.25-mill levy that seeks to pay the salaries of three sheriff’s deputies for 120 hours of road patrol a week. The issue also will cover the costs of equipment, insurance and pensions for the three deputies, according to Columbia Township trustee Dick Heidecker.

Law enforcement training and continuing education costs would continue to be paid for by the Sheriff’s Office, he said.

The issue, which would run for five years, would cost homeowners of a $100,000 home a total of $38.29 a year.

The township agreed to provide an interview room for deputies in return for the increased road patrols. Should the issue fail, the township will continue to have 20 hours of road patrols a week.

Road patrols in the county have been cut considerably because of layoffs at the Sheriff’s Office due to the county’s budget woes.

Voters in all six Columbia Station precincts will cast ballots at a new location, Lighthouse Bible Church, 24050 Royalton Road. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

For more on the school issue, visit www.columbialevy.com. To learn more about the township police protection issue, visit columbiatwp-oh.gov.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.