Tuesday, November 06, 2001

Today's election has local focus




By Gregory Korte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Today is Election Day in Ohio. It's an odd-numbered year, which means the races are local, local, local.

Follow the results live tonight at Cincinnati.com
        The marquee race is in Cincinnati, where the mayor's contest between Charlie Luken and Courtis Fuller is likely to grab national headlines.

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        But elections for city and village councils, school boards, township trustees and municipal court judges will make up most of the ballots.

        And then there are issues.

        In Cincinnati, those issues include the controversial Issue 5 (civil service reform) and Issue 6 (campaign finance reform).

        Countywide, Hamilton County voters will see two tax levies — a 5.39-mill replacement health and hospitalization levy and a 2.77-mill children's services renewal levy.

        Butler County voters will see a proposed five-year, quarter-cent sales tax increase for public transportation, and 1.3 mills for services for the elderly.

        In Warren County, voters will be asked to renew a 1-mill mental health levy.

        Voters in Clermont County will see a 1.88-mill levy for mental retardation services.

        Voters are expected to find sunshine and temperatures in the 50s.

        Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today. For more information about polling locations, call your local Board of Elections:

        • Hamilton County, 632-7000

        • Butler County, 887-3700

        • Clermont County, 732-7275

        • Warren County, 925-1358.

        Follow the results live tonight at Cincinnati.com



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