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Huntington County Election Day guide

by James Ehle - jehle@h-ponline.com

Election Day is approaching on Tuesday, Nov. 5, where the community will have several options of voting locations to cast their votes in the 2019 municipal election.

“We’re hoping that everybody has got the word that they do have a ballot to vote on this year, no matter where they live in the county,” said Voter Registration Deputy, Yvette Runkle. “Every registered voter has a ballot. If you live in the municipal district of the City of Huntington or the Towns of Andrews, Markle, Roanoke or Warren, those ballots include the municipal City offices, but on the outskirts of Huntington and in the country they would just be voting on the two public questions.”

Runkle says she hopes to see a voter turnout of 70 percent by the end of Election Day, although she thinks the percentage will be closer to 50 or 60 for voter turnout. 14 percent of the 24,385 registered Huntington County voters, which totaled 3,453 individuals, cast their vote in the early election as of 4:30 p.m. Friday. That number was up from an eight percent turnout, or 1,994 voters, accounted for at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Runkle advises first-time voters to remember to bring their valid ID and to familiarize themselves with the ballot and ask any questions before arriving at the polls.

“They can go on the webpage of Huntington County and look at the ballot before they arrive,” Runkle said. “Read the question and understand it, or have someone talk to them about it, because we cannot answer public questions at the polling center.”

If you are voting in person in Indiana, you must present an ID that meets the following 4 requirements at the time you vote:

• Displays your photo

• Displays your name

• Has an expiration date that shows the ID hasn’t expired or expired after Nov. 8. 2018. (Military ID is not required to have an expiration date.)

• Is issued by Indiana or the US government

Examples of IDs that meet this criteria are:

• Indiana driver’s license

• Indiana photo ID card

• Military ID

• US passport

Election Day voting locations in Huntington are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 5 and include:

• Cottage Event Center at 9524 US 24 North at Locust, Roanoke, Ind. 46783

• Heritage Hall / Huntington County Fairgrounds, 631 E Taylor St, Huntington, Ind. 46750

• Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N Jefferson St., Huntington, Ind. 46750

• Nazarene Church gym, 1555 Flaxmill Road, Huntington, Ind. 46750

• Warren Church of Christ, 302 N Wayne St., Warren, Ind. 46792

• Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, 1160 W and 500 N, Huntington, Ind. 46750

2019 Municipal Election Ballot

There will be a ballot for every Registered Voter of Huntington County for the Huntington School Corporation Referendum questions.

Important reminder: The 2019 Municipal Election is only for voters who live within the boundaries of the City of Huntington and the Towns of Andrews, Markle, Roanoke and Warren.

Voters will have an opportunity to vote on whether Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) will impose a property tax rate that will not exceed six cents on each $100 of assessed valuation over the next eight years.

The property tax increase would be used toward funding academic and educationally-related programs, managing class sizes, school safety initiatives, and attracting and retaining teachers.

Public Question 1:

“For the eight (8) calendar years immediately following the holding of the referendum, shall the Huntington County Community School Corporation impose a property tax rate that does not exceed six cents ($0.06) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation and that is in addition to all other property taxes imposed by the school corporation for the purpose of funding academic and educationally-related programs, managing class sizes, school safety initiatives, and attracting and retaining teachers?”

Vote yes or no.

Voters will also have an opportunity to vote yes or no on a potential HCCSC Referendum, which if approved, would include renovation and improvements to Huntington North High School and related campus improvements. The estimated cost for the referendum would be $68,480,000 or less and the proposed property tax would increase to around 33 cents (a maximum of $0.3381) per $100 of assessed valuation.

Public Question 2:

“Shall Huntington County Community School Corporation issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance the 2020 Safety, Security, Replacement, and Restoration Project, which includes the renovation of and improvements to Huntington North High School, and other related campus improvements, which is estimated to cost not more than $68,480,000 and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt service by a maximum of $0.3381 per $100 of assessed valuation?”

Vote yes or no.

The 2019 municipal candidates for Mayor of the City of Huntington include Larry D. Buzzard in the Republican party, and Independent candidates Johnnie Hiles and Richard Strick.

• City Clerk-Treasurer: Christi Scher McElhaney (R)*

• City Common Council 1st District: Charles (Charlie) Chapman (R)*

• City Common Council 2nd District: Paul L Pike (R)*

• City Common Council 3rd District: Jerry Meehan, Jr (R), Richard Douglas Mills (D), Eric Bruce (I), Tony Hiles (I)

• City Common Council 4th District: David E Funk (R)*

• City Common Council 5th District: Joe Blomeke (R)*

• City Common Council at large (Vote for 2): Patrick (PJ) Felton (R), Seth T Marshall (R)*

• Andrews Town Clerk-Treasurer: Laury L Powell (R)

• Andrews Town Council (Vote for 3): Laura A Dillon (R), John Harshbarger (R)*, Roger L Newsome, Jr (R), Raymond R (Ray) Tackett (D)

• Markle Town Council (Vote for 2): Matthew A Doss (I)*, Nick Lund (I)

Roanoke Town Clerk-Treasurer: Joanne Kirchner (I)*, Sarah L Milton (I)

• Roanoke Town Council (Vote for 3): Joan Abbott (I)*, David Meitzler (I), Pamala A Parker (I), David S Tucker (I)

• Warren Town Clerk-Treasurer: Marilyn Morrison (I)*

• Warren Town Council (Vote for 2): Julia Glessner (I)*, Ethan Stivers (I)*, Travis Surfus (I), Michael Yoder (I)

Buzzard, Hiles and Strick participated in a public forum on Oct. 11 where each candiate shared their vision for the City of Huntington.

Hiles’ vision for Huntington is to work to attract individuals, provide affordable housing, interact with other nearby citites and address opioid addiction.

Strick says he wants the City to follow trends of the global economy, support local control and growth, handle infrastructure problems, and prioritize fighting debt.

Buzzard says his vision includes lowering tax rate to be competitive to attract industry and residents, rebuild streets, parks, and utilities using local companies instead of outsourced workers.