SHELBY -- Voters in Shelby will make decisions on three property tax issues on the Nov. 2 ballot, all of them renewals that will not mean additional money to residents.
Two of the issues benefit the City of Shelby and the third is for the Shelby City School District.
The first is for the Shelby Health Department, a 0.9-mill, five-year levy. The second is for the city's parks department, a 0.5-mill, five-year levy.
Shelby Mayor Steve Schag said many people don't see the "significant, health-related services" provided by SPH on a weekly basis. The levy generates about $103,000 annually.
He said various health care providers and hospitals offer important services to people when they become ill.
"Public health departments endeavor to keep the members of their local community healthy," he said, pointing to the SHD motto of "Live healthy. Stay healthy."
He said services offered by the health department include environmental health services, vital statistics services, nursing services, school inspections, manufactured home park inspections, swimming pool inspections, nuisance complaints, animal bites, restaurant and vending inspections, health and education training, mosquito control programs, birth certificates, death certificates, communicable disease documentation, health education and emergency preparedness.
Schag said state funding "falls far short" in meeting the financial demands of these services. He said it's been reported that more than 75 percent of Americans live in states that spend less than $100 per person annually on public health.
"Hence, the necessity of local levies to bridge that gap," he said.
Schag said most Shelby residents believe the community has a parks and outdoor recreation "second to none for municipalities our size."
The parks system includes Black Fork Commons, McBride Park, Rabold Park, Seltzer Park, Veterans Park, Easterling Park, Roush Park/Central Park.
"Park Superintendent Jerry Marshall and his staff do a great job with maintaining the many acres and facilities under their care," Schag said. The levy generates about $60,500 each year.
"Our many pavilions and the new amphitheater are in demand year after year, providing great venues for community members and their families," the mayor said.
"Of course manpower, maintenance, and the investment in additional outdoor attractions comes with a cost," Schag said.
The Shelby City School District is asking voters to approve a 3-mill, five-year levy for emergency requirements.
According to the district website, this levy was first approved in 1987 and has been renewed every five years since its initial passage. The levy generates about $950,000 annually for day-to-day operations of the district.
The money represents about 5 percent of the district's annual operating budget, according to the website.
None of the money collected through this levy is used for construction projects currently underway in the Shelby district, according to the website.
Other tax issues on the Nov. 2 ballot around Richland County are:
Village of Bellville -- 4-mill, five-year replacement levy for streets and bridges.
Village of Lexington -- 1-mill, five-year renewal for parks and recreation.
Jefferson Township (excluding the Village of Bellville) -- 2-mill, five-year renewal for roads and bridges.
Monroe Township (excluding the Village of Lucas) -- 0.75 mills, 5-year renewal for roads and bridges.
Sandusky Township (excluding City of Galion and Village of Crestline) -- 1.5-mill, 5-year renewal for roads and bridges.
Lucas Local School District -- 2.7 mills, 5-year renewal for emergency requirements.
Jefferson Township A -- Local liquor option for Wishmaker House B&B
Ontario 3A -- Local liquor option for Aldi
Also on the ballot, some voters in Mifflin and Monroe townships will vote on a 1.1-mill, additional levy for permanent improvements at the West Holmes Career Center.
Some voters in Mifflin Township will also vote on the Ashland City School District 9.9-mill, five-year renewal for current expenses.
Some voters in Monroe Township will also vote on the renewal of a 2.05-mill, 10-year levy for emergency requirements.