Many issues on the upcoming ballot
Early voting begins Oct. 11
MARTINS FERRY — The November general election is just around the corner, and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that voting for military and overseas voters begins next Saturday. Early in-person voting for Ohio residents begins Oct. 11 and includes the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day, which is Nov. 7.
Absentee voting by mail also begins Oct. 11, and the absentee ballot postmark deadline is Nov. 6. Absentee ballots can be dropped off in person until 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon Nov. 4.
The deadline for Ohioans to register to vote in this election is Oct. 10.
There are several issues on the ballot in Belmont County, including levies asking voters to pay for services and cover operating expenses, as well as local options for Sunday wine and liquor sales.
A five-year, 1-mill levy renewal will appear on the ballot to cover current expenses for the Belmont County Library District. Library spokeswoman Kelly Littleton said the levy will not add any new taxes, and no additional funds are being requested.
“The Local Property Tax Levy accounts for 37 percent of the library district funding, while the state of Ohio provides 59 percent, and contributions and grants, as well as service fees and patron fines provide a mere 4 percent to insure that the library can continue to provide free services, such as books, newspapers, magazines, audio books, music CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, eBooks, notary services, technology training and electronic databases for local history and genealogy, internet and wi-fi service, child-centered programs, including Story Time and Baby Time, as well as spaces for community events,” Littleton said in a statement.
The Belmont County District Library is currently providing voter registration forms at the front desks of its six branches, which include libraries in Martins Ferry, Powhatan Point, Bridgeport, Bethesda, Flushing and Shadyside.
Other issues on the ballot in Belmont County include:
∫ Belmont County — Renewal of 1.5-mill levy for Senior Services for five years;
∫ City of St. Clairsville — Renewal of 1.95 mills for the city’s operating expenses for five years;
∫ Barnesville village — Additional 1.5 mills for a continuing period of time to provide emergency services;
∫ Bridgeport village — Renewal of five-year, 3-mill levy for current operating expenses;
∫ Bridgeport village — Renewal of five-year, 2-mill levy for current operating expenses;
∫ Brookside village — Additional 1 mill for five years for current operating expenses;
∫ Flushing village — Renewal of a five-year, 1-mill levy for providing and maintaining recreation personnel, play areas, athletic areas, security, signage, water or sewer service, equipment, concessions, buildings and/or other sites;
∫ Shadyside village — Renewal of 2.5-mill levy for five years for providing and maintaining motor vehicles, communications and other equipment used directly in the operation of the police department and the payment of salaries of permanent police personnel, including the payment of the police employer’s contribution required under section 742.33 of the revised code;
∫ Kirkwood Township — Additional 1.5 mills for a continuing period of time for emergency medical services;
∫ Smith Township — Renewal of 2-mill levy for five years to provide roofing and general repairs for the Smith Township Community Center;
∫ Smith Township — Renewal of 4-mill levy for five years to provide fire protection and maintain fire apparatus, appliances, buildings, equipment and necessary motor vehicles to be used for the fire department and to purchase emergency equipment and vehicles;
∫ Smith Township — Renewal of 0.9-mill levy for five years for general construction, resurfacing and repair of roads and bridges;
∫ Warren Township — Additional 1.5 mills for a continuing period of time for emergency medical services;
∫ Memorial Park District — Renewal of 0.25 mills over five years to cover current expenses;
∫ Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library (a school district library) — Additional 1 mill for five years for current expenses;
∫ St. Clairsville Public Library — Additional 0.5 mills for five years to cover current expenses;
∫ St. Clairsville — Local option for Riesbeck’s Food Market, located at 104 Plaza Drive, to have Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages between 10 a.m. and midnight;
∫ Bethesda Village — Local option for Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages between 10 a.m. and midnight for Joel Douglas Cash Scher-Cash dba Loading Zone;
∫ Pease Township, Blaine and Wolfhurst — Local option for Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages between 10 a.m. and midnight for Vino Di Piccin Winery;
∫ Pease Township, Boydsville — Local option for Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor between 10 a.m. and midnight for Riesbeck’s Food Market, located at 56130 National Road in Bridgeport.