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Officials' petition urges voters to reject Lucas Co. levies

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Officials from eight different Lucas County townships signed a petition asking voters to say "no" to every countywide levy request. Officials from eight different Lucas County townships signed a petition asking voters to say "no" to every countywide levy request.

LUCAS COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) - Voters have heard the arguments on why to vote "yes," but now a group of elected officials are pushing back saying voters should give a resounding "no" to every Lucas County levy.

The Lucas County ballot has been filled with several different levy requests, but some people say it is too many, including a group of elected officials who say not to vote for any of them.

"We're asking them to ask themselves prior to voting on that levy, if this money is important enough that somebody should lose their home if they can't afford to pay it. Because that's what happens when you can't afford your property taxes," explained Andy Glenn, a Springfield Township trustee.

Glenn, along with 13 other elected officials, feel the county does not need the levies. Officials from eight different Lucas County townships signed a petition asking voters to say "no" to every countywide levy request.

"I know people have strong feelings one way or the other, whether it's Metroparks, the library, children services. But when you break it down, those are wants. The overall Metroparks budget exceeds that of Springfield Township," said Glenn.

Glenn worries these levies will prevent people from voting "yes" to levies in the future, levies he says people actually need.

"In this economy, I think it should only be the central services of government. That is funding roads, police, fire or schools," said Glenn.

The petition is also critical of the Lucas County commissioners saying they are acting irresponsibly by placing so many levies on the ballot.

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken disagrees.

"Those are issues, I think, that ought to be decided by the full electorate, the full body of Lucas County, rather than just three commissioners. Those are not just quality of life issues. Those are essential services," said Gerken.

Gerken also says each issue went before a Citizens Levy Review Committee made up of eight people from different professions and political leanings.

"Citizens made thoughtful decisions, asked them tough questions and said at the end of the day, 'What you want is going to be decided by the people of Lucas County,'" said Gerken.

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