Officials Pleased with Voters' Choices

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The final unofficial results are in for the Primary and Special Elections in Washington County.

Many of the precincts didn't even have an election, and the ones that did, didn't have a lot to vote on.

However, some of the issues that did make it on the ballot were some pretty important ones.

"There's a lot of steps we have to go through from here, but this was a big one," Jon Grimm, a Marietta City Council Member, said.

Grimm is relieved knowing that city funds can now be spent renovating the former Ohio Bureau of Employment Services building into the future Municipal Court.

"We worked really hard to come to this solution. All the parties worked together and I think we have a good solution, and I'm grateful to the voters for confirming it," Grimm said.

Confirming to repeal an ordinance passed two years ago that said city funds could not be used for this purpose, and Marietta officials weren't the only ones celebrating voters' choices.

"I've never been prouder to be a member of our community," Thomas Gibbs, Warren Local School District Superintendent, said.

Gibbs, was pleased to see more than 65 percent of voters choose to renew a levy that supports the school system.

"I'm almost in shock. I just feel a bit of affirmation that folks in the community realize that we've had to make some difficult decisions in recent history, and the board stood up to make those decisions, and I think the community's shown that they support the fact that the board's doing a good job," Gibbs said.

Election officials say the overall turnout was pretty light, except for in the Warren Local School District, where they actually had to deliver more ballots before polls closed.

As for the new Marietta Municipal Court building, Gibbs says the plan is to have the court moved into the building by 2010.

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  • by A WHS student Location: Vincent on May 6, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    Thank you to everyone who voted for the levy. THIS LEVY WAS NOT FOR NEW MONEY. THIS MONEY IS JUST TO KEEP THE THINGS THE WAY IT IS. And sadly, this money isn't even enough to fix the problems with warren's building the way it is. Are roofs are falling in. We even have gutters inside our school to catch rain. We need help.
  • by lamont Location: marietta on May 6, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    thankfully the "vocational school levy" failed. (non p.c. term) TOOO high of taxes to pay around here to begin with. They will just HAVE to do with less.
  • by Jim Location: Cutler on May 6, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    Glad to see common sense prevailed in Warren schools. Give the kids the best you can and leave the adult bickering on your front porch.
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