Dispatch Politics: Three City Council incumbents take the top spots in Columbus primary

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The Columbus Dispatch
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Three City Council incumbents take the top spots in Columbus primary
A slate of Democratic incumbents will defend their seats on the Columbus City Council this November against a trio of challengers: two candidates from the progressive wing of their own party and a Republican.Mitchell J. Brown, Shannon G. Hardin and Priscilla R. Tyson ran away with the top three spots in Tuesday’s primary election.The race for the final three spots on the general election ballot, though, was tighter. Jasmine Ayres and Will Petrik from the Yes-We- […]
Heath voters approve tax increase
Heath voters have approved a 0.5 percent permanent income tax increase to generate revenue for repairing city streets, hiring more police officers and other city expenses.With all votes counted, the tax increase passed 54 to 46 percent in final, unofficial results.The increase will raise the city’s income tax rate to 2 percent. It will generate about $2.2 million annually.Approximately $1 million of […]
Licking County voters reject 911 levy
NEWARK — Licking County voters rejected a tax increase to support 911 services.The levy failed 55 to 45 percent, according to final, unofficial results. The five-year, 1-mill levy would have generated nearly $4 million annually and cost homeowners $35 per $100,000 of valuation.County leaders have said the levy was necessary because of population growth in the western portion of the county, as well as increasing costs of 911 services and technology. […]
School districts have mixed success at the polls
Leaders of the four school districts in Fairfield and Licking counties whose tax issues were rejected Tuesday will decide whether to ask voters again in November. Issues in four other districts were approved.The Southwest Licking, Northridge, Licking Heights and Amanda-Clearcreek districts all had been on the ballot last November.  Sixty-four percent of Pickerington voters rejected a permanent 3-mill property tax that officials of the 10,200-student district sought for […]
Ex-Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher’s new job: leading Cleveland State law school
CLEVELAND — Former Ohio lieutenant governor Lee Fisher will become the permanent leader of Cleveland State University’s law school.The school announced Tuesday that Lee Fisher was selected to lead the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law after a nationwide search.Fisher has been serving as interim dean of the law school for nearly a year. He was appointed to the interim position in June 2016 after the former dean, Craig Boise, left to take the top job at Syracuse […]
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