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Washington County starts early voting

Levies on the Primary Ballot

∫ .East Muskingum Township – $1.5 mill levy for five years for fire protection and emergency medical services for five years.

∫ Decatur and Belpre townships – $2.6 mill levies for fire protection and emergency medical services.

∫ Marietta Township – Three levies on the ballot for fire protection and emergency services. Levies are $1.6 mill, $1 mill, and $.5 mill, each for five years.

∫ Marietta City Schools – 0.75 percent income tax levy for individuals living in the Marietta City Schools District. Tax will only be for earned income and not cast a tax on retirements or pensions. The levy is for five years and is for current expenses.

∫ Belpre 4A Ward – Liquor option for beer, wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor for a dine-in restaurant at 1802 Washington Blvd.

Source: Washington County Board of Elections.

As the force and momentum of the last election cycle draws down, precincts across Washington County are already gearing up for May 4 with more than 100 early voters as of Monday stopping in to the county board of elections office or mailing in their participation.

Karen Pawloski, deputy director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said there are only six voting locations open that day, as there are no county-wide initiatives.

Those locations are the Belpre Church of Christ, the Porterfield Baptist Church, the Knights of Columbus hall in Marietta, the Washington County Fairgrounds, the First Church of the Nazarene in Marietta, and the Marietta Township Recreation Center.

“Now the voters that live in the Marietta City School District that live in Newport or Lawrence Township, we’re asking them to vote in Reno instead of opening another location there,” she said, noting bright pink postcards will be sent out to those voters to make them aware of the change.

There will be early in-person voting extended hours at the board of elections office, 204 Davis Ave., from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 26-30.

The last day to request an absentee ballot is May 1. The application must be received by noon. In-person voting is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

Early in-person voting extended hours will also be held May 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. and May 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Palawski said a lot of people have asked about changing their political affiliations.

“You can only change your affiliation in Ohio in a primary in which you can cast a ballot,” she said. “Since there’s not a Democratic or Republican primary in most places in this county, so you’re going to have the same affiliation that you had with whatever you requested last year. You can’t change your affiliation until next year’s primary.”

There are several levies on the ballot, Director Mandy Amos said.

¯.East Muskingum Township – $1.5 mill levy for five years for fire protection and emergency medical services for five years.

¯ Decatur and Belpre townships – $2.6 mill levies for fire protection and emergency medical services.

¯ Marietta Township – Three levies on the ballot for fire protection and emergency services. Levies are $1.6 mill, $1 mill, and $.5 mill, each for five years.

¯ Marietta City Schools – 0.75 percent income tax levy for individuals living in the Marietta City Schools District. Tax will only be for earned income and not cast a tax on retirements or pensions. The levy is for five years and is for current expenses.

¯ Belpre 4A Ward – Liquor option for beer, wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor for a dine-in restaurant at 1802 Washington Blvd.

“The Belpre and Decatur township ones are new and all the rest of them of the fire ones are renewals,” Amos explained. “The East Muskingum and Marietta townships, those are renewals.”

She said the Marietta Township levies will be used to pay their EMTs “or at least part of it goes to the EMTs.”

“The ones in Belpre and Decatur, that’s what they’re wanting to do is to get paid EMTs,” she explained. “It’s kind of like how Oak Grove passed one last year. They’re kind of doing the same thing that the Oak Grove Fire Department did last year.”

Pawloski stressed the income tax levy for individuals living in the Marietta City Schools District will only be on earned income.

“So retiree’s pensions will not be affected,” she said.

Voters in many precincts will be casting ballots for levies only, as there are uncontested races.

In Belpre, the candidates are:

¯ First Ward – Fred Millhone.

¯ Second Ward – John McClead.

¯ Third Ward – Lyndsay Dennis.

¯ Council-at-Large – David Ferguson and John Ruth.

¯ President of Council – Larry Martin and Donna Miller.

¯ Treasurer – Jacquelyn Cassady.

¯ Auditor – Alison Holland and Tina Nolan.

No Democrats filed for any of the open seats in Belpre.

In Marietta, the candidates are:

¯ First Ward – Michael Scales (D).

¯ Second Ward – Bret Allphin (D) and Christopher Pfeiffer (R).

¯ Third Ward – William Gossett (R).

¯ Fourth Ward – Geoffrey Schenkel (D).

¯ Council-at-Large – Susan Boyer (D), William Farnsworth (D) and Cassidi Shoaf (R).

¯ President of Council – Susan Vessels (R).

¯ Treasurer – Cathy Harper (R).

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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