Athens Keeps Patterson, County Passes Library and Children Services Levies

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ATHENS (WOUB) — Voters turned down a higher sales tax in Athens, and brought a new person onto city council in unofficial results Tuesday night.

Incumbent mayor Steve Patterson was kept in office with 75% of the vote, or 2,075 votes over challenger Damon Krane.

City residents did not pass an additional 0.25% sales tax to benefit 911 emergency services, criminal and administrative justice services and the city’s general fund.

Beth Clodfelter took a seat on Athens City Council with 23% (1,940 votes) of the vote, where Sarah Grace and Peter A. Kotses kept their seats. Grace got 17.71% (1,458) of the vote and Kotses came in close behind with 17.69% (1,456).

In Athens County, Alexander Township voters renewed a 5-year, 1-mill fire protection levy with 74% (485) of the vote. Lucy deLaval Juedes won 25% (1,181) of the vote to win a seat on the Alexander Local School District School Board, along with Blake Regan, who won 22% (1.040) of the vote.

Coolville will not see electric aggregation based on unofficial results, in which residents voted down the measure 75 votes to 31.

The county libraries will see an increase in their current expenses funding with the approval of a 1.2-mill, 5-year, replacement and increase levy. Residents voted for the measure 6,839 votes to 3,526. A levy benefiting Athens County Children Services was approved as a 2.5-mill, 10-year replacement and increase with 6,762 votes (64%) to 3,582.

For a full look at the county’s election results, go to our full election results page.