2010-05-08 / News

Liberty Union income tax renewed

By Charles Prince

LANCASTER – Liberty Union Thurston School District voters renewed one-half percent of the district’s 1.75 percent district income tax for five more years. The unofficial vote was 886-673.

In the only county-wide issue, voters again rejected a small levy for Fairfield County Historical Parks. The park district was seeking 0.5 mill for 10 years. The unofficial tally was 11,372 against to 9,680 for.

Fairfield County Treasurer Jon. A. Slater Jr. will change offices next year. He defeated Chief Deputy Auditor Ed Laramee and Lori A. Anderson for the Republican nomination to replace retiring County Auditor Barbara Curtiss. Slater polled 6,175 votes to 4,111 for Laramee and 1,896 for Anderson. There was no Democrat candidate for auditor so Slater could only face an independent or write-in candidate in the November election.

Incumbent County Commissioner Mike Kiger defeated challenger Brian Oliver by a 7,814 to 3,674 vote for the Republican nomination for the one open commission seat. Kiger will face Democrat George C. Hallarn in November who ran unopposed Tuesday.

Incumbent State Senator Tim Schaffer was unopposed in the Republican primary. He will face Democrat Chelsea Back who also ran unopposed Tuesday.

State Representative Gerald L. Stebelton will continue to represent District 5 in the Ohio House in 2011 and 2012. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and the Democrats didn’t field a candidate.

Just under 21 percent of the county’s registered voters cast a ballot.

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