Voters in Castalia and Margaretta Township killed the concept of creating new funding for local cemetery options.
But voters, seemingly sympathetic to some causes, did support fire and other related operations at the polls.
Area residents rejected a levy for new money toward cemetery operations, but they approved a fire renewal issue, keeping the same tax rate, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.
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Margaretta Township trustee Joe Bias Jr. considered the results a victory for the entire area.
“We were actually relatively happy with the result,” Bias Jr. said. “We would like for (the cemetery levy) to pass, but it’s the first time anyone in this area has tried a cemetery levy. We will get out to talk to more people and figure out what we need to do.”
Bias Jr. emphasized layoffs won’t occur nor will services be slashed in any way. The township fully supervises three cemeteries and helps fund a fourth one.
“We run our cemetery to break even,” Bias Jr. said. “But we are getting to the point where we need to look for more space going forward 25 years from now.”
• WHAT: 2.95-mill, five-year renewal levy to fund fire protection along with ambulance and emergency medical serves, beginning in 2014.
• COST: Owner of $100,000 home will pay $67.62 a year.
• WHAT: 0.5-mill, five-year additional levy to maintain and opiate cemeteries, beginning in 2013
• COST: Owner of a $100,000 home would have paid $17.50 a year