Voters across Richland County were in a giving mood on Tuesday, approving more than a dozen tax issues in various townships.
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A crowded Nov. 5 ballot took shape Wednesday at 4 p.m. with the filing deadline for candidate nominating petitions and for tax issues and questions.
Almost seven in 10 voters on Tuesday voted in favor of renewing the City of Mansfield's safety forces tax that directly support the police and fire departments. Final, unofficial vote totals from the Richland County Board of Elections were 2,254-1,048.
Poll workers outnumbered voters at precincts by wide margins on Tuesday morning as light participation kicked off the 2019 primary election day.
About one-third of the annual operating funds for Mansfield's safety forces will be on the ballot on May 7 when city voters are asked to again approve the renewal of a one-half percent income tax.
Though voters in Ashland County will see just one contested local race on their ballots this fall, they will also decide a number of local issues and weigh in on important state and federal races and a state issue.
Those with outstanding parking tickets will have to pay them, in one way or another, Mansfield police chief, Ken Coontz said. The police department has implemented a Bureau of Motor Vehicles license renewal block on individuals with excessive outstanding parking citations.
Voters said "yes" Tuesday to all three local issues on Ashland County ballots, all property tax levy requests from three of the county's townships.