Issues headed for Hancock County’s fall ballot

Hancock County residents will have two countywide sales tax issues to decide in November: a 0.25 percent tax for flood reduction and a 0.25 percent tax for county capital improvements and general operations.
Wednesday was the deadline for submitting issues, and for nonpartisan candidates to file, for the Nov. 7 general election ballot.
The flood-reduction sales tax would be for 10 years.
The capital improvement sales tax would be for 20 years and would fund jail expansion, upgrades to the existing jail, and construction of a new county office building. Revenue also would be used for general operations, such as staffing the jail expansion and offsetting reductions in state funding.
Other ballot issues filed by the Wednesday deadline included:
• AMF Bowling Centers, 616 Trenton Ave., known as Sportsman Lanes, is seeking permission for on-site Sunday sales of beer, wine, mixed drinks and liquor between 10 a.m. and midnight. Residents in Findlay Precinct 7-E will decide the issue.
• Brew U Sports Pub, 316 N. Main St., is seeking on-site Sunday sales of wine and liquor between 11 a.m. and midnight. Residents in Findlay Precinct 6-B will decide the issue.
• Appleseed Joint Ambulance District is seeking a 0.6-mill, five-year replacement levy for ambulance and emergency medical services.
• The Northwest Hancock Joint Fire District is seeking a 2-mill, five-year additional levy for fire protection.
• Mount Blanchard is seeking a 2-mill, five-year renewal levy for parks and recreational purposes.
• City of Fostoria is seeking an additional 6-mill, five-year levy for current expenses. The levy is part of a five-year recovery plan designed to get Fostoria out of fiscal emergency by 2021.
Officials have said the money received through the tax hike would be specifically earmarked for Fostoria’s safety forces.

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