Number of Levies On Belmont County Ballots

BELLAIRE – The Bellaire Local School District will try for an eighth time to pass a levy when village voters go to the polls on May 6, while Pease Township residents will see an opportunity to get the streetlights turned back on.

A total of eight levies will go before voters in communities across Belmont County.

Voters in Bellaire have defeated school levies on seven consecutive attempts since the May 4, 2010, primary election. This time, officials are requesting an additional 5.91 mills for five years for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the district.

The most recent levy attempt – for 5.9 mills – was defeated last November by a vote of 1,166 in favor to 1,352 against.

Meanwhile, Pease Township Trustees are asking voters – except those living in Bridgeport, Brookside, Yorkville and Martins Ferry – to approve a 2-mill levy for five years to cover general operating expenses. Those expenses include streetlights, tearing down dilapidated buildings and repairing roads.

Streetlights in Pease Township were turned off March 1, 2013, after voters the previous November failed to pass two 1-mill levies.

Other levies on the May 6 ballot:

  • The Union Local School District is asking residents to approve an annual income tax of 0.5 percent on the earned income of individuals residing in the school district. The income tax is for five years, and is for the purpose of permanent improvements.
  • The village of Bethesda is seeking replacement of a 3.5-mill levy for five years for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus, buildings or sites, water supply and materials. Levy funds generated also could be used for fire alarm systems, payment to firemen and firefighting companies, or to purchase ambulance equipment.
  • In Shadyside, voters will be asked if they want to give village leaders the authority to aggregate retail electric loads in the village. The move would allow Shadyside’s leaders to enter into service agreements to facilitate for the sale and purchase of electricity. Any resident would have the option to opt out of the aggregation plan if it is approved.
  • The village of Yorkville also will place a proposed ordinance for electric aggregation before voters.
  • The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School District is asking residents to renew a 0.5-mill levy for current expenses for 10 years.
  • The Eastern Ohio Regional Transportation Authority is seeking the renewal of a 2.5-mill levy for five years.