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08-22-03: Several issues facing Mercer County voters
    A number of issues will dot the Nov. 4 election ballot across Mercer County.
    Nowhere will the ballot be more crowded than in Franklin Township, where voters will help decide a single countywide issue, rule on two local zoning issues and determine the fate of a renewal fire levy.
    The countywide issue is a renewal proposal for a 0.55-mill property tax levy to support services provided by the Mercer County Council on Aging. The levy would run for five years if approved.
    Franklin Township voters also will see two different zoning issues that made their way onto the ballot through public referendum efforts. A five-year, 1-mill fire protection levy also will be decided.
    A number of other local issues will appear on local ballots along with the names of scores of candidates in school board, village council, mayoral and township trustee races.
    In Celina, voters will be asked to decide whether they want to approve an ordinance passed in support of the city's downtown and lakefront revitalization efforts. It remains unclear how passage or failure of the measure would affect the city's long-term development plans. A change in the city administration also could affect those plans.
    Celina voters also will decide if they want city officials to pursue a natural gas aggregation contract. If voters give the go-ahead, the city would negotiate natural gas contracts with alternative fuel suppliers to try to bring lower, more stable prices to residents, who can choose to opt-out of the city plan if they want to. Aggregation issues were approved in May in St. Marys and Minster.
    A 1.6-mill fire protection levy will be decided for Jefferson Township while the Southwest Mercer County Fire Department seeks a 1-mill levy. Both levies are for five-year time periods.
    Voters in the village of Coldwater will vote on four amendments to the village charter in addition to regular races.
    School levies are on the ballot for voters in the Marion Local and St. Henry school districts. St. Henry's five-year renewal request would collect 9.75 mills to meet current operating expenses. Marion Local's renewal effort seeks 12.22 mills and also would cover five years.
  Issues in Auglaize County communities were not available from the Auglaize County Elections Board office by presstime today.


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