HHS Levies and Issues on November 8th: A Primer

As the November midterm election draws near, 48 county-wide Health and Human Service (HHS) levies will appear on the ballot in 38 Ohio counties. The HHS levies for this midterm election have a vast area of application, spanning over 10 areas of services including mental health and addiction recovery, senior services, public health, developmental disabilities, and children’s services.  Out of the 38 counties with levies on the ballot, nine have multiple HHS levies: Fayette, Hocking, Knox, Mahoning, Mercer, Muskingum, Preble, Ross, and Tuscarawas, and Hamilton has three. Levies to benefit older adults are the most common type for this election, appearing on ballots in 12 of the 38 counties. A full listing is included in the table, below.

CountyPurposeLevy Requested (in mills)PeriodTypeResult 
BelmontSenior Services1.55 yearsRenewalPass
ButlerChildren's Services2.05 yearsRenewalPass
DefinanceDevelopmental Disabilities1.9ContinuingRenewalPass
DelawareSenior Services1.3 renewal + 0.1 increase5 yearsRenewal + IncreasePass
Fayette (A)Developmental Disabilities1.5 10 yearsRenewalPass
Fayette (B)Public Health0.55 yearsRenewalPass
FranklinSenior Services1.755 yearsRenewalPass
FultonPublic Health0.5 renewal + 0.1 increase10 yearsRenewal + IncreasePass
GeaugaBehavioral Health0.55 yearsRenewalPass
GreeneBehavioral Health1.510 yearsRenewalPass
GuernseySenior Services0.5 replacement + 0.25 increase5 yearsReplacement + IncreasePass
Hamilton (A)Senior Services1.65 years
Hamilton (B)Behavioral Health2.99 renewal + 0.38 increase5 yearsRenewal + IncreasePass
Hamilton (C)Public Health4.075 yearsRenewalPass
HardinSenior Services1.55 yearsRenewalPass
HenrySenior Services1.05 yearsRenewalPass
Hocking (A)Senior Services0.255 YearsRenewalPass
Hocking (B)Children's Services1.05 YearsRenewalPass
HuronDevelopmental Disabilities1.05 yearsRenewalPass
JacksonSenior Services0.55 yearsRenewalPass
Knox (A)Public Health1.05 yearsReplacement + IncreasePass
Knox (B)Developmental Disabilities0.25ContinuingRenewal + DecreasePass
LakeSenior Services0.85 yearsRenewalPass
LoganPublic Health1.010 yearsAdditionalFail
LorainBehavioral Health0.65 yearsRenewalPass
MadisonDevelopmental Disabilities1.05 yearsRenewalPass
Mahoning (A)Children's Services0.55 yearsRenewalPass
Mahoning (B)Public Health0.15 yearsRenewalPass
MedinaPublic Health0.710 yearsRenewalPass
MeigsSenior Services1.65 yearsRenewalPass
Mercer (A)Public Health0.555 yearsAdditionalFail
Mercer (B)Developmental Disabilities2.426 yearsRenewalPass
MorrowPublic Health0.510 yearsRenewalPass
Muskingum (A)Behavioral Health1.010 yearsRenewalPass
Muskingum (B)Public Health1.010 yearsRenewalPass
PortagePublic Health0.45 yearsRenewalPass
Preble (A)Children's Services0.45 yearsRenewalPass
Preble (B)Public Health0.255 YearsAdditionalFail
PutnamPublic Health0.55 yearsRenewalPass
Ross (A)Senior Services0.55 yearsRenewalPass
Ross (B)Children's Services1.05 yearsRenewalPass
SciotoChildren's Services1.0 Replacement + 2.0 Increase10 yearsReplacement + IncreasePass
SenecaSenior Services0.35 yearsReplacementPass
TrumbullDevelopmental Disabilities1.510 yearsRenewalPass
Tuscarawas (A)Developmental Disabilities1.710 yearsRenewalPass
Tuscarawas (B)Public Health1.010 yearsRenewalPass
WayneChildren's Services1.610 yearsRenewalTBD
WilliamsSenior Services0.45 yearsRenewal + AdditionalPass

What is a renewal levy?

Levies are measured in mills, and this represents the amount that a homeowner would pay for a levy. Millage rates for levies are determined by tax paid per $1,000 of a property’s value. Renewal levies are overwhelmingly prominent this election, appearing in 32 total levels across counties.  A renewal levy extends the term and function of a current levy while also considering property valuations. This is done by adjusting the millage to raise the same amount of funding as the original passage of the levy. In addition to renewal levies, there are two other less prominent levies that will appear on ballots this election-replacement and additional levies.

What is a replacement levy?

Replacement levies work to extend the terms and conditions of a levy. Replacement levies benefit from an increase in value, which will increase the tax if your property value has risen. In contrast, additional levies collect taxes that are in addition to a current standing levy. Three counties have replacement levies on the ballot: Guernsey, Knox, and Seneca County. Three counties with replacement levies are focused on senior services and one is for public health. There are also three counties with additional levies. Counties with additional levies are Logan, Mercer, and Preble County. All three additional levies in these counties fund health districts. Funding for health districts is expected, due to workforce challenges and financial strains exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

HHS levies are an important source of flexible, locally generated funding for services and supports that help our state’s most vulnerable residents.

HHS levies are an important source of flexible, locally generated funding for services and supports that help our state’s most vulnerable residents. It is important for Ohioans to know what levies appear on their ballots, because they impact the wellbeing of others within communities, cities, and counties that make up our state.

What Issues are on the Ballot?

In addition to HHS service funding and elected offices, Ohioans will vote for two statewide issues that will be on the November ballot:

Ohio Issue 1: Bail Bonds

Issue 1 is legislation that would require “Ohio courts to consider public safety and other factors when setting the amount of bail,” In the current rules of setting bail, the Supreme Court of Ohio is responsible for determining the types, amounts, and conditions of bail. As it stands, courts are responsible for considering the weight of evidence, the nature of the crime, and the defendant’s personal background. Concerns such as community threat or public safety are not under consideration when determining bail amount. The amendment proposed by Issue 1 would therefore require courts to consider public safety for determining bail amounts directly into the Ohio Constitution.  Below are links to the arguments for and against Ohio Issue 1 contributed by the Ohio Secretary of State.

Ohio Secretary of State on Issue 1

Argument for Issue 1

Argument Against Issue 1

Certified Explanation of Issue 1

Ohio Issue 2: Voting rights

Issue 2 would require that only a citizen of the U.S. who is at least 18 years of age, occupying status as a legal resident and voter (for at least 30 days), able to vote at any state or local election held in Ohio. Issue 2 would also prohibit local governments from allowing people to vote in local elections if they are not qualified to vote in state elections. Below are links to the arguments for and against Ohio Issue 2 contributed by the Ohio Secretary of State.

Ohio Secretary of State on Issue 2

Argument for Issue 2

Argument Against Issue 2

Certified Explanation of Issue 2

Make sure to vote early or on Election Day November 8!

Be sure to stay up to date with local elections in your district and follow updates from Community Solutions. To check what will be on your ballot, be sure to refer to your county sample ballot from the Ohio Secretary of State, or refer to the County Board of Elections Directory. And make sure to vote early or on Election Day November 8!