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Voters OK Wellsville fire district, other ballot measures

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 11/7/2012

Wellsville area voters overwhelmingly approved the creation of a joint fire district to serve the City of Wellsville and Franklin Township when they went to the polls Tuesday.

The proposed joint fire district garnered 1,021 yes votes, compared to 256 no votes.

Wellsville area voters overwhelmingly approved the creation of a joint fire district to serve the City of Wellsville and Franklin Township when they went to the polls Tuesday.

The proposed joint fire district garnered 1,021 yes votes, compared to 256 no votes.

The fire district would be governed by a new board that represents the Franklin Township Board and the Wellsville City Council.

“This is something that has been in the works for awhile, and I think everybody did a good job of presenting it to the public and explaining what the process was going to be,” Mayor Bill Lytle said Wednesday of the 80-percent voter approval for the joint fire district. “Franklin Township and Wellsville really have been working together and sharing costs, so I think we will see the elimination of some administrative duplication and hopefully see some financial advantages down the road.”

For example, Lytle said, if firefighters need bunker gear, the township would write a check and the City of Wellsville would write a check to pay for it. Now, that purchase can go through one entity.

Also Tuesday, Lane voters approved a city sales tax levy by a similar 80-percent margin of victory. The proposal to levy a 1-percent sales tax in the City of Lane for a period of eight years to maintain city streets, alleys and ditches passed on a 56-17 vote.

Vote totals Tuesday in Franklin County will be unofficial until they are canvassed by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners Nov. 15.

Tuesday’s ballot also contained a question about redrawing the boundaries for school board members’ territories in the Lebo-Waverly school district. The question affected a handful of voters in the Williamsburg area who reside within the Lebo-Waverly school district, which predominately is located in Coffey County. The measure was approved in Franklin County on a 2-0 vote. Lebo-Waverly school district voters in Coffey County approved the boundary changes on a 690-398 vote.

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