Levy campaign signs have popped up like spring flowers everywhere in Bellbrook, including this stretch at the corner of Upper Bellbrook and Feedwire Roads. Beavercreek, Oakwood, Bellbrook, Tipp City, Valley View, Lebanon and Piqua have school levies on the May 7 ballot, seeking increased funding. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Man charged with stealing levy sign in Sugarcreek day after election

David Michael Allison, 56, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to Xenia Municipal Court records.

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The political sign, which asked voters to reject the Sugarcreek-Bellbrook school levy that was on the May ballot, was allegedly taken the day after election day in the area of Feedwire and Clyo roads, according to the Sugarcreek Twp. police report.

Allison is a structural engineer and elder at the First Church of Christ in Xenia, according to his Linkedin profile.

Greene County property records show Allison’s home lies in the taxing district for Beavercreek Twp. and Xenia Community Schools.

Allison is due for a hearing on the case in June. Messages left with his attorney, David S. Peterson, were not returned.

The reported victim, John Stafford, a resident who actively opposed the levy and bought and distributed a number of “vote no” signs, could not be reached for comment.

No suspect is listed in the report of a mid-April theft of a “vote yes” sign from a front lawn on Big Tree Road in Bellbrook, according to police records.

Bellbrook police said the homeowner reported sometime overnight an unknown person took the sign and left the post.

Voters soundly rejected the Sugarcreek-Bellbrook school levy proposal, 63 to 37 percent.

Sugarcreek-Bellbrook school leaders recently reviewed the district’s five-year forecast and discussed options going forward.

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Superintendent Doug Cozad said no decisions have been made on whether a new tax proposal will be put on the November ballot.

“All options are still on the table as we are still trying to reflect on the results of the May election and continue to get input and to decide the next steps,” Cozad said.

As for the heated campaign that led to police involvement, Cozad said “we did our best to run a positive one.”

“It is a great community and it is our hope that we can all come together and be supportive of one another,” he said.


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