BG Schools income tax renewal passes by wide margin

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Voters easily passed a 0.5 percent income tax renewal for Bowling Green City School current expenses for five years on Tuesday. The unofficial vote was 1,937 to 647 – giving the district a victory with 75 percent. “I’m very humbled and appreciative of the community support,” Superintendent Francis Scruci said after the votes were tallied. “I think it speaks volumes about how our community looks at our schools and what we do. This will allow us to do what we do in the classroom.” But Scruci said Tuesday’s solid support should not be taken for granted. It cannot be translated as support for the school district’s next venture at the polls for new or renovated buildings, he said. The income tax for the district began in January of 1993 and has been renewed every five years since. It makes up 11 percent of the district’s general fund revenue, generating $3.34 million annually. The issue was the first on the ballot since Scruci became Bowling Green’s superintendent nearly two years ago. Though any election victory is a good victory, Scruci said he was very pleased with the margin of the votes. “I think it really does speak to the amount of support we have in the community,” he said. “And at the day’s end, the winners are the kids.” However, Scruci cautioned that Tuesday’s victory does not mean the district can count on voters passing a levy for new or renovated school buildings. “I don’t think you can compare the two,” he said of the renewal levy and a new tax issue. “I don’t think you can draw a parallel. They are two different things.” The board will be meeting for a couple workshops later this month to discuss the district’s building options. “We will talk about what direction we’re going to go,” Scruci said. For more than a year now, school officials have been gathering input from the community on which building options they support. The board will soon have to decide…

School tax & Rowland win big in primary

The Bowling Green School District income tax renewal has passed overwhelmingly. With 100 percent of the vote in, the income tax is ahead 75 percent (1,939 votes) to 25 percent (647). Sandy Rowland easily outpaced a four-candidate field for two Democratic spots for council at large on the November ballot. Her 1001 votes were more than twice her nearest competitor. Holly Cipriani held a slim 11-vote lead over third place candidate Mark Hollenbaugh, 423-411. Robert Piasecki with 266 votes came in fourth. A first-ever Green Party primary for the council at large drew 123 voters. Beverly Ann Elwazani was the top Green votegetter with 41 votes. Carolyn S. Kawecka with 32 and Helen Kay Dukes with 30 were neck and neck for the second Green line. Rosamond L. McCallis received 20 votes.

Nathan Eberly files for at-large city council as independent

Submitted by NATHAN EBERLY At the deadline for Independent candidates for City Council At-Large, Nathan Eberly has submitted petitions to the Board of Elections for verification in hoeps of being certified to appear on the November 2017 ballot. The November General Election is expected to have at  least six candidates with Eberly joining the race in official status, pending verification and certification by the Board of Elections. Nathan Eberly is a Financial Representative with Modern Woodmen of America here in Bowling Green. Eberly is a volunteer for several organizations in town including the Brown Bag Food Project, the Wood County Humane Society, Wood Lane Levy Committee, and others. He is a member of the Exchange Club of Bowling Green and has been an active volunteer for a range of projects. Further, Eberly is very involved and active in the Chamber of Commerce, assisting the Business Council, Governmental Affairs Committee, and ACT BG. In December 2016 Eberly, seeing a need for an organization focused on young professionals including BGSU graduates and students, formed the Bowling Green Young Professionals Association. The next step in the process is waiting for the certification of the petitions and the official adding of Eberly as an Independent candidate on the November General Election ballot. This will come after the Primary Election for tomorrow, May 2, and along side the election certification process for the election results. Eberly is holding a Coffee with the Candidate chat May 12 between 7:30m and 9:30 a.m. at Biggby Coffee in Bowling Green. This will be the fifth installment of the Coffee with the Candidate events that Eberly has held since his announcement of desire to run for Council in December 2016.

BG to vote on school renewal levy, council candidates

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green voters will face a school tax, two liquor issues and a truckload of city council candidates when they cast ballots in the primary election next week on May 2. Bowling Green City School District will have a 0.5 percent income tax renewal for current expenses for five years. The income tax for the district began in January of 1993 and has been renewed every five years since. It makes up 11 percent of the district’s general fund revenue, generating $3.34 million annually. Superintendent Francis Scruci has stressed that the income tax issue is a renewal – not a new tax. Also on the ballot are several city council candidates. A total of 16 candidates have filed for the open seats. None of the ward seats will be contested in the primary election. However, filing for the two open at-large seats were four Democrats, four Green Party members, and one Republican. The deadline for filing for Independent candidates is May 1, too late to appear on a primary ballot. Nathan Eberly has indicated interest in running as an Independent. The primary election will narrow down the at-large race to a maximum of two candidates from each party. Since only one Republican filed, voters will be given the choice of ballots for the Democratic Party, the Green Party or for issues only. Terry Burton, director of the Wood County Board of Elections, said this is the first time the Green Party has had enough candidates to warrant a primary ballot in Bowling Green. Burton said the lack of a Republican ballot in the primary election may cause some confusion. But since the at-large Republican spot on the general election ballot is not contested, there is no need. Those voters can request ballots that have issues only. “That may cause some angst for people,” Burton said. And it may cause some voters to switch parties in the primary just so they can cast votes for some of the other candidates, he said. Filing…