ENON — Voters in the Village of Enon and Greenon Local School District approved two levy renewals at the polls on Tuesday.
More that 75 percent of the voters, casting ballots in the village, approved the 2.5-mill police levy renewal, according to the unofficial results from the Clark County Board of Elections. A total of 795 voters gave approval to the five-year levy renewal, and 259 voters cast their ballots against it.
The renewal of the levy came as a relief to Enon Police Chief Lewis Wilcox, who said the primary responsibility of the village police department is to ensure the safety of the citizens.
“I would like to express our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the citizens of Enon for overwhelmingly supporting the police department renewal levy,” Wilcox said. “We will continue to be economical in the operation of the police department and will continue to strive to serve you in the best manner possible.”
Collections for that levy, which generate around $113,000 to pay for salaries and benefits, gasoline for cruisers, upgrades in technology, supplies and other necessary equipment, were set to expire at the end of this year. Wilcox said levy funds would also help pay quarterly fees for the State of Ohio mandated Multi-Agency Radio Communications System, known as MARCS.
Enon Mayor Tim Howard also expressed his appreciation to voters in a statement on Tuesday evening.
“I am very, very pleased with the overwhelming support for our village police department,” Howard said. “Chief Wilcox and the officers do a great job protecting the citizens of the village.”
Voters in the Greenon Local School District also approved a 1.93-mill levy renewal that will provide funding for the daily operations of the district.
According to the unofficial results from the Clark County Board of Elections, more than 65 percent of the voters in the school district supported the renewal. The vote was 3,017 in favor of the levy renewal, and 1,624 voters opposed it.
The five-year levy, which was originally passed 30 years ago and last approved by voters in 2011, generates approximately $500,000 annually and was set to expire at the end of 2016.
In a written statement Tuesday evening, Greenon Local School District Superintendent Brad Silvus expressed his appreciation to the voters for their support and stated that he was pleased that voters backed the levy.
“We are grateful to our community for their continued support of a high-quality education for the children of the Greenon Local School District,” Silvus said. “With the renewal of this levy, we will be able to continue providing the engaging and effective educational programs we offer at Greenon schools to prepare our students for success.”
Linda Collins is a freelance writer for Greene County News.