Clark, Champaign County voters weigh in on local levy issues


Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties easily won approval for a renewal levy tonight that provides about a quarter of the organization’s budget and provides services to about 10,000 area residents.

Voters approved the renewal 70 to 30 percent, according to final, unofficial results from the Clark County Board of Elections.

The 10-year, 1.0-mill levy will generate close to $1.9 million in tax revenue each year and costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $35 annually Greta Mayer, CEO of the board recently told the News-Sun. Mayer said the levy represents 25 percent of the board’s total funding for the year.

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The board doesn’t directly provide services. Instead, it works with representatives from health care, law enforcement, local government and other entities to determine how best to provide and improve services for the region. Funding is then provided to 11 agencies within the counties to provide a variety of services, including mental health drug and alcohol addiction services for area residents.

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In Champaign County, voters approved a renewal request for a 0.5-percent income tax levy for operating expenses for the Trial Local School District. That levy passed with 54 percent in favor and 46 percent opposed, according to final, unofficial results from the Champaign County Board of Elections.

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Triad Superintendent Vicki Hoffman previously told the News-Sun voters first approved the levy in 2005 and have renewed it every five years since. She said it generates $596,109 annually, which covers operating expenses for the district.

Other renewal issues on the ballot in Clark County include:

• Voters narrowly approved a 6.45-mill substitute levy for the Greenon Local School District in place of existing levies.

• Voters approved a five-year additional 0.9-mill levy for the New Carlisle Public Library for current expenses.

• Voters approved a five-year, 1-mill renewal levy in Moorefield Twp. for reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of roads and bridges.

• Voters approved a five-year, three-mill renewal levy in Pike Twp. for providing and maintaining fire equipment and emergency medical services.

• Voters approved a five-year, 0.5-mill additional levy in Green Twp. for the purchase of ambulance equipment.

• Voters in Madison Twp. approved two separate issues to approve electric and gas aggregation in the township.

• Voters rejected a proposed five-year, 0.70-mill additional levy in Harmony Twp. for maintaining and operating cemeteries.

• Voters approved a five year, 0.5-mill renewal levy in Springfield Twp. for operating ambulance service.

• Voters approved a five year, 1.0-mill renewal levy in German Twp. for providing police services.

• Voters approved a five-year, 0.5-mill renewal levy in German Twp. for maintaining roads.

• Voters approved a five-year, 1.7-mill renewal levy in Mad River Twp. for resurfacing and repair of streets.

• Voters approved a five-year, 1-mill renewal levy in Bethel Twp. for fire services.

Other issues in Champaign County include:

• Voters approved a 2-mill, five-year renewal and increase tax levy for Children’s Services.

• Voters rejected a proposed five-year, 0.3-mill additional museum tax levy for the Champaign County Historical Society.

• Voters approved a five-year 0.4-mill renewal Senior Services tax levy.

• Voters in Mechanicsburg approved a five-year, 5-mill additional tax levy for for streets, road and bridges.

• Voters approved a five-year, 3.5-mill renewal levy in the village of Christiansburg for current operating expenses.

• Voters approved a five-year, 6.12-mill renewal and increase in Christiansburg for fire and ambulance protection.

• Voters approved a five-year, 2.5-mill renewal levy in Concord Twp, for roads and bridges.

• Voters approved a five-year, 1.5-mill renewal levy in Concord Twp. for fire and ambulance.

• Voters approved a five-year, 0.4-mill renewal levy in Champaign County for the Urbana Champaign Senior Center.

• Voters approved a five-year, 1.5-mill renewal levy in Jackson Twp. for fire services.

• Voters approved a five-year, 1-mill renewal levy in Jackson Twp. for ambulance services.

• Voters approved a five-year, 1-mill renewal levy in Mad River Twp. for fire protection.

• Voters approved a five-year, 1.5-mill renewal levy in Rush Twp. for roads and bridges

• Voters approved a four-year, 3.8-mill renewal levy in Urbana Twp. for fire services

• Voters approved a five-year, 1.5-mill renewal levy in Wayne Twp. for roads

• Voters approved a five-year, 2.5-mill renewal levy for the Johnson St. Paris Fire District for fire protection and emergency services.

• Voters approved a three-year, 4.5-mill replacement levy for the Northeast Champaign County Fire District for fire protection and emergency services.

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