Apollo bond, levy passes

The Apollo Career Center will have the funds to improve and expand the facility as voters passed a bond and tax levy to leverage Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) money.

Voters in Allen and Auglaize counties provided the winning margins Tuesday to pass a 0.31-mill bond levy to raise $11.64 million to be repaid over the next 30 years to expand the school buildings and 0.19-mill property levy to improve, enlarge and rebuild existing classroom. The total cost is $2.56 per month on a $100,000 property.

The school will receive $23 million from OSFC.

“I just want to thank the communities for coming out — I know it was a low turnout election as predicted — but the ones who showed up are the ones who love Apollo,” Apollo Career Center Superintendent Judy Wells said. “I just can’t thank them enough for  their vote, and now we can take our dreams and plans and do exactly what the community has expected of us for the past 37 years and for hopefully many, many, many more years in the future. This was for the kids in the community.”

She explained it will take at least nine months to have final drawings drafted, to receive final approval from the OSFC, to award a contract to general contractor and for ground to be broken. The project will take three years to complete.

Auglaize County voters cast 881 votes, or 66.44 percent, in favor of the bond and tax levy, with 445 votes, or 33.56 percent, against the two combined issues during the primary election. Allen County voters cast 5,804, or 58.4 percent, in favor of the levies and 4,130, or 41.57 percent, against the bond and tax levy.

Hardin County voters cast 652 votes against and 493 votes for the bond and tax levy, while voters in Putnam County cast 144 votes and against and 142 for the school. Vote totals from Van Wert County, which would be one precinct, were unavailable.

All vote counts are unofficial.

The bond issue and tax levy lost in November general election.

Wapakoneta City Council incumbents will move on to the November general election with Democrats 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier and Councilor-at-large Randy Fisher and Republicans 2nd Ward Councilor Dan Lee, 4th Ward Councilor Chad Doll and Councilors-at-large Tom Finkelmeier Jr. and Dan Graf making the ticket.

This will be Fisher’s first time on the ballot after being appointed in January to fill the unexpired term of Steve Walter, who resigned at the end of 2012.

Wapakoneta 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst filed as a non-partisan candidate for her ward and Rachel Barber, a former 4th Ward councilor, filed as a non-partisan candidate for councilor-at-large.

The candidates for the council ward seats are running unopposed.

With Barber entering the race, only the top three of the four running for councilor-at-large will win a seat on council.

Republican Council President Steve Henderson and Democratic City Treasurer Barb Steinke also are running unopposed.