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richardinman | 01 October, 2012 00:25

Here is the official version of issues for Butler County, OH for the November 6, 2012 election.

Link to Original From Butler County Board of Elections 

Issues on the November 6, 2012 ballot

State Issue 1

Question Presented Pursuant to Article XVI Section 3

of the Constitution of the State of Ohio

Article XVI, Section 3 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio reads as follows:

“At the general election to be held in the year one thousand nine hundred and thirty-two,

and in each twentieth year thereafter, the question: ‘Shall there be a convention to revise,

alter, or amend the constitution[,]" shall be submitted to the electors of the state; and in

case a majority of the electors, voting for and against the calling of a convention, shall

decide in favor of a convention, the General Assembly, at its next session, shall provide,

by law, for the election of delegates, and the assembling of such convention, as is

provided in the preceding section; but no amendment of this constitution, agreed upon by

any convention assembled in pursuance of this article, shall take effect, until the same

shall have been submitted to the electors of the state, and adopted by a majority of those

voting thereon.”

A majority yes vote is necessary for passage

YES SHALL THERE BE A CONVENTION TO

REVISE, ALTER, OR AMEND THE

NO CONSTITUTION?

State Issue 2

To create a state-funded commission to draw legislative and congressional districts

 Proposed Constitutional Amendment

 Proposed by Initiative Petition

To add and repeal language in Sections 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 13 of Article XI,

repeal Sections 8 and 14 of Article XI, and add a new Section 16 to Article XI

of the Constitution of the State of Ohio

 A majority yes vote is necessary for the amendment to pass.

 The proposed amendment would:

 

  1. Remove the authority of elected representatives and grant new authority to appointed officials to establish congressional and state legislative district lines.

 

2.  Create a state funded commission of appointed officials from a limited pool of applicants to replace the aforementioned.  The Commission will consist of 12 members (4 affiliated with the largest political party, 4 affiliated with the second largest political party, and 4 not affiliated with either of the two largest political parties) who will be chosen as follows:

 

    A.  On or before January 1 of the year that the decennial census is conducted, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio shall select by lot a panel consisting of eight judges of the courts of appeals of Ohio, no more than four of whom may be members of the same political party.  This panel of judges shall be responsible for selecting potential members of the Commission. On or before April 1 of the year that the decennial census is conducted, this panel of judges shall appoint an independent auditor who shall assist the judges in determining the eligibility of potential members of the Commission.

 

    B.  Eligible persons may submit applications for membership on the Commission to the Secretary of State by May 1 of the year that the decennial census is conducted. The Secretary of State shall make available an appropriate application form designed to help determine the eligibility and qualifications of applicants and shall publicize the application process.  The Secretary of State shall provide the panel of judges with the applications and any other records necessary to determine eligibility of the applicants.

 

    C.  On or before August 1 of the year that the decennial census is conducted, the panel of eight judges described in subparagraph A shall select from the applicants forty-two individuals to serve as potential members of the Commission.  The judges, after adopting a selection procedure, shall select applicants who have the relevant skills and abilities, including a capacity for impartiality, and who reflect the diversity of Ohio.  These shall include the fourteen most qualified applicants affiliated with each of the two largest political parties, and the fourteen most qualified applicants who have been unaffiliated with either of these political parties during the prior five years.  The selection of potential members shall require the affirmative vote of at least five of the eight judges.  The two largest political parties shall be determined based on the votes received by the candidates for Governor in the most recent gubernatorial election.

 

    D.  On or before August 15 of the year that the decennial census is conducted, the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and the highest ranking member of the House not of the same political party as the speaker may each respectively eliminate up to three of the fourteen potential members affiliated with the largest political party, up to three of the fourteen potential members affiliated with the second largest political party, and up to three of the fourteen potential members not affiliated with either of these parties.  This shall result in a final pool of not less than twenty-four potential members of the Commission.

 

    E.  From the final pool of potential members, the panel of eight judges, or their designee, shall choose by lot, and in public, three individuals affiliated with each of the two largest political parties and three individuals not affiliated with either of these parties to serve as members of the Commission.  On or before October 1 of the year that the decennial census is conducted, these nine members shall meet to select from the final pool of potential members three additional members, which shall include one member affiliated with the largest political party, one member affiliated with the second largest political party, and one member not affiliated with either of these parties.  In selecting the final three members, the members of the Commission shall seek a total commission membership that reflects the diversity of Ohio and that has the relevant skills and abilities, including a capacity for impartiality, which will allow the Commission to fulfill its responsibilities.  The nine members selected by lot and the three additional members selected by the original nine members shall comprise the full Commission.

 

    F.  No member of the Commission shall be subject to removal by the general assembly or any member of the executive branch.

 

  3.  Require new legislative and congressional districts be immediately established by the Commission to replace the most recent districts adopted by elected representatives, which districts shall not be challenged except by court order until the next federal decennial census and apportionment.  Affirmative votes of 7 of 12 Commission members are needed to select a plan.  In the event the Commission is not able to determine a plan by October 1, the Ohio Supreme Court would need to adopt a plan from all the plans submitted to the Commission. 

4.  Repeals current constitutional requirements for drawing legislative districts that avoid splits to counties, townships, municipalities and city wards where possible, and when not possible, limiting such divisions to only one division per governmental unit, and also repeals requirements to form as many whole legislative districts solely within a county as possible.  The foregoing would be replaced and require the Commission to adopt a plan that complies with all applicable federal and state constitutional provisions, federal statutory provisions, and the contiguity requirement and that most closely meets the factors of community preservation, competitiveness, representational fairness, and compactness. The Commission would also be required not to draw or adopt a plan with an intent to favor or disfavor a political party, incumbent, or potential candidate.

 

5.  Mandate the General Assembly to appropriate all funds necessary to adequately fund the activities of the Commission including, but not be limited to, compensating:

 

      A.  Staff
      B.  Consultants
      C.  Legal counsel
      D.  Commission members

 

If approved, the amendment will be effective thirty days after the election.

 

YES

Shall the amendment be

approved?

NO

 

 

 

Issue #3     

 PROPOSED REAPPORTIONMENT OF EXISTING INCOME TAX

 CITY OF FAIRFIELD

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

 Shall Ordinance No. 31-12 of the City of Fairfield, Ohio providing for the reapportionment of a total of one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the existing one and one-half percent (1.5%) municipal income tax levy from capital improvements and street improvement, reconstruction and repair purposes to general municipal operations and other purposes identified in the ordinance be passed?

 FOR THE REAPPORTIONMENT OF THE INCOME TAX

 AGAINST THE REAPPORTIONMENT OF THE INCOME TAX

Issue #4

 PROPOSED TAX LEVY (ADDITIONAL)

 CITY OF MIDDLETOWN

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

 An additional tax for the benefit of the City of Middletown, Counties of Butler and Warren, Ohio, for the purpose of providing or maintaining senior citizens services or facilities at a rate not exceeding one (1) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to ten cents ($0.10) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2012, first due in calendar year 2013.

 FOR THE TAX LEVY

AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

Issue #5

PROPOSED ELECTRIC AGGREGATION

 CITY OF SHARONVILLE

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

 Shall the City of Sharonville, Counties of Hamilton and Butler, Ohio, have the authority to aggregate the retail electric loads located in the City of Sharonville, and for that purpose, enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of electricity, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out?

 YES

 NO

Issue #6

 PROPOSED NATURAL GAS AGGREGATION

 CITY OF SHARONVILLE

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

 Shall the City ofSharonville, Counties of Hamilton andButler,Ohio, have the authority to aggregate the retail natural gas loads located in the City ofSharonville, and for that purpose, enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of natural gas, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out?

 YES

 NO

Issue #7

 PROPOSED TAX LEVY (ADDITIONAL)

CITY OF TRENTON

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

 An additional tax for the benefit of the City of Trenton for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings, or sites therefor, or sources of water supply and materials therefor, or the establishment and maintenance of lines of fire alarm telegraph, or the payment of firefighting companies or permanent, part-time, or volunteer firefighting, emergency medical service, administrative, or communications personnel to operate the same, including the payment of any employer contributions required for such personnel under section 145.48 or 742.34 of the Revised Code, or the purchase of ambulance equipment, or the provision of ambulance, paramedic, or other emergency medical services operated by a fire department or firefighting company at a rate not exceeding four and five-tenths (4.5) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to forty five cents ($0.45) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2012, first due in calendar year 2013.

 FOR THE TAX LEVY

 AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

Issue #8

PROPOSED TAX LEVY (RENEWAL)

 VILLAGE OF COLLEGE CORNER

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

 A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Village of College Corner (Butler and Preble Counties) for the purpose of current operating expenses at a rate not exceeding three and eight-tenths (3.8) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to thirty-eight cents ($0.38) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five (5) years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

 FOR THE TAX LEVY

 AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

Issue #9

 PROPOSED TAX LEVY (RENEWAL)

 VILLAGE OF COLLEGE CORNER

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

 A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Village of College Corner (Butler and Preble Counties) for the purpose of fire protection at a rate not exceeding one and eight-tenths (1.8) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to eighteen cents ($0.18) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five (5) years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

 FOR THE TAX LEVY

 AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

Issue #10

 PROPOSED TAX LEVY (RENEWAL)

 VILLAGE OF MILLVILLE

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

 A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Village of Millville for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings, or sites therefor, or sources of water supply and materials therefor, or the establishment and maintenance of lines of fire alarm telegraph, or the payment of permanent, part-time, or volunteer firefighters or firefighting companies to operate the same, including the payment of the firefighter employers’ contribution required under section 742.34 of the Revised Code, or the purchase of ambulance equipment, or the provision of ambulance, paramedic, or other emergency medical services operated by a fire department or firefighting company at a rate not exceeding three (3) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to thirty cents ($0.30) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2012, first due in calendar year 2013.

 FOR THE TAX LEVY

 AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

Issue # 11

 PROPOSED TAX LEVY (REPLACEMENT AND INCREASE)

 VILLAGE OF NEW MIAMI

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

 A replacement of one (1) mill of an existing levy and an increase of one (1) mill to constitute a tax for the benefit of the Village of New Miami for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus and emergency equipment, apparatus, buildings and for providing sources of water supply at a rate not exceeding two (2) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to twenty cents ($0.20) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2012, first due in calendar year 2013.

 FOR THE TAX LEVY

 AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

Issue #12

PROPOSED TAX LEVY (ADDITIONAL)

 VILLAGE OF SEVEN MILE

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

An additional tax for the benefit of the Village of Seven Mile for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding three (3) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to thirty cents ($0.30) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2012, first due in calendar year 2013.

FOR THE TAX LEVY

AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

Issue #13

PROPOSED TAX LEVY (REPLACEMENT AND DECREASE)

REILY TOWNSHIP

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

A replacement of a portion of an existing levy, being a reduction of seventy-five hundredths (0.75) of a mill, to constitute a tax for the benefit of Reily Township for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings, or sites therefor, or sources of water supply and materials therefor, or the establishment and maintenance of lines of fire alarm telegraph, or the payment of permanent, part-time, or volunteer firefighters or firefighting companies to operate the same, including the payment of the firefighter employers’ contribution required under section 742.34 of the Revised Code,  or the purchase of ambulance equipment, or the provision of ambulance, paramedic, or other emergency medical services operated by a fire department or firefighting company at a rate not exceeding two and seventy-five hundredths (2.75) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to twenty-seven and five-tenths cents ($0.275) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

FOR THE TAX LEVY

AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

Issue #14

 PROPOSED TAX LEVY (RENEWAL)

 ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP (excluding the Villages of New Miami and Seven Mile)

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

 A renewal of a tax for the benefit of St. Clair Township (excluding the Villages of New Miami and Seven Mile) for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings, or sites therefor, or sources of water supply and materials therefor, or the establishment and maintenance of lines of fire alarm telegraph, or the payment of permanent, part-time, or volunteer firefighters or firefighting companies to operate the same at a rate not exceeding five-tenths (0.5) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to five cents ($0.05) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

 FOR THE TAX LEVY

 AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

Issue #15

 PROPOSED TAX LEVY (RENEWAL)

 ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP (excluding the Village of Seven Mile)

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

 A renewal of a tax for the benefit of St. Clair Township (excluding the Village of Seven Mile) for the purpose of providing and maintaining life squad vehicles, communications, buildings, and other equipment used directly in the operation of a life squad department and the payment of permanent, part-time, or volunteer life squad personnel to operate the same at a rate not exceeding five-tenths (0.5) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to five cents ($0.05) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

 FOR THE TAX LEVY

 AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

Issue #16

PROPOSED TAX LEVY (ADDITIONAL)

MONROE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

Shall a levy be imposed by the Monroe Local School District, Counties of Butler and Warren, Ohio, for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the school district in the sum of Two Million Five Hundred Three Thousand Five Hundred Eight Dollars ($2,503,508) and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average seven and five one-hundredths (7.05) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to seventy and five-tenths cents ($0.705) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2012, first due in calendar year 2013?

FOR THE TAX LEVY

AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

Issue #17

PROPOSED TAX LEVY (ADDITIONAL)

 NORTHWEST LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

 A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

Shall a levy be imposed by the Northwest Local School District, Counties of Hamilton and Butler, Ohio, for the purpose of AVOIDING AN OPERATING DEFICIT in the sum of $7,344,295 per year, and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average four and ninety-five hundredths (4.95) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to forty-nine and five-tenths cents ($0.495) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2012, first due in calendar year 2013?

FOR THE TAX LEVY

AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

Issue #18

 SPECIAL ELECTION BY PETITION

LOCAL OPTION PETITION FOR A PARTICULAR LOCATION

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

Shall the sale of wine and mixed beverages be permitted for sale on Sunday between the hours of eleven a.m. and midnight by Five Points Food Mart, LLC, an applicant for a D-6 liquor permit who is engaged in the business of a full-service neighborhood convenience store at1380 Central Ave.,Hamilton,OH45011in this precinct?

YES

NO

Issue #19

 SPECIAL ELECTION BY PETITION

LOCAL OPTION PETITION FOR A PARTICULAR LOCATION

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

Shall the sale of wine and mixed beverages be permitted for sale on Sunday between the hours of eleven a.m. and midnight by Joe W. Wright, dba Tom’s, an applicant for a D-6 liquor permit who is engaged in the business of operating a carry-out/grocery store at 135 Main Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45013 in this precinct?

YES

NO

Issue #20

SPECIAL ELECTION BY PETITION

LOCAL OPTION PETITION FOR A PARTICULAR LOCATION

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

Shall the sale of wine and mixed beverages be permitted for sale on Sunday between the hours of ten a.m. and midnight by Richard and Sons LLC, dba Max’s Mart, an applicant for a D-6 liquor permit who is engaged in the business of operating a family owned convenience store at2020 Tytus Ave.,Middletown,OH45042in this precinct?

YES

NO

Issue #21

SPECIAL ELECTION BY PETITION

LOCAL OPTION PETITION FOR A PARTICULAR LOCATION

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

Shall the sale of wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor be permitted for sale on Sunday between the hours of eleven a.m. and midnight by La Posada 3, Inc., dba La Pinata Mexican Grill & Bar, an applicant for a D-6 liquor permit who is engaged in the business of operating a restaurant/bar at 35 East Church St., 1st Floor & Basement, Oxford, OH 45056  in this precinct?

YES

NO

Issue #22

SPECIAL ELECTION BY PETITION

LOCAL OPTION PETITION FOR A PARTICULAR LOCATION

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

Shall the sale of wine and mixed beverages be permitted by Donald N. Oakes, dba 7-Mile Market, an applicant for a C-2 liquor permit who is engaged in the business of convenience store (carry-out only) at99 West Ritter St., Seven Mile, OH45062 inthis precinct?

YES

NO

Issue #23

 SPECIAL ELECTION BY PETITION

LOCAL OPTION PETITION FOR A PARTICULAR LOCATION

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

Shall the sale of wine and mixed beverages be permitted for sale on Sunday between the hours of ten a.m. and midnight by Donald N. Oakes, dba 7-Mile Market, an applicant for a D-6 liquor permit who is engaged in the business of convenience store (carry-out only) at 99 West Ritter St., Seven Mile, OH45062 inthis precinct?

YES

NO

Issue #24

PROPOSED TAX LEVY (RENEWAL)

BUTLER COUNTY, OHIO

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Butler County, Ohio, for the purpose of funding the Butler County Public Children Services Agency for services to abused, neglected, and dependent children at a rate not exceeding two (2) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to twenty cents ($0.20) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2013, first due in calendar year 2014.

FOR THE TAX LEVY

AGAINST THE TAX LEVY

 
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