Tuesday is Election Day for some in the region

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Tuesday is Election Day for some in the region

Voters in the Xenia and Clark Shawnee school districts have issues on Tuesday’s special election ballot.

The village of Camden in Preble County also has two issues on the ballot.

There are only 11 issues on the ballot statewide.

Here’s a look at what voters will decide:

Xenia Schools: District leaders hope the third time is the charm for a bond issue for construction. The bond issue on the ballot will be the same 4.2-mill, 37-year measure that voters rejected by a 7 percentage point margin in May. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $147 per year.

The proposal calls for replacing the 1962 Warner Middle School and 1976 Xenia High School with a single building to be constructed at Ohio 42 and Ledbetter Road. The state-required evaluation of the two existing buildings called them both “borderline,” the middle rating out of three.

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission would pay for 40 percent of the project if Xenia voters agree to raise the rest via this bond issue. The current OFCC funding cycle expires after the August election. OFCC officials said Xenia could still qualify for state funding after that time if they passed a levy, but the funding percentage could shift.

Clark-Shawnee Schools: The Clark-Shawnee Local School Board of Education is going back to voters for the third time in a year seeking to build a new elementary school and renovate its high school. The bond issue has been set for 5.3 mills for 37 years, which would cost the owner of $100,000 home more than $15 a month.

The total cost of the plan to renovate Shawnee High School and build a new elementary school across the street is $52.8 million. The three existing primary schools — Reid, Possum and Rockway — would close under the plan.

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission has offered to pay 30 percent of the cost if residents approve a bond issue for the rest. Voters have turned down the $37 million bond issue twice — in November by 174 votes and on Tuesday by 113 votes.

Camden: The village has a 6-mill renewal police levy and a 4-mill renewal levy for general operating expenses.

Polls will be open on Tuesday from 6:30am until 7:30pm . Voters can find their polling location, check their registration and view a sample ballot by going to MyOhioVote.com/VoterToolkit.

Voters planning to cast their ballot in-person on Election Day should remember to bring proper identification. A list of acceptable forms of I.D. can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

- Parker Perry contributed to this report.

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