Beavercreek voters will directly elect mayor

The city of Beavercreek is leaning toward changing the way it elects future mayors, according Greene County Board of Elections preliminary results.

Incomplete results showed voters approving changes to the city charter that would allow them to directly elect future mayors from candidates running specifically for the office.

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Beavercreek City Councilman Zach Upton, who spearheaded the effort to get the charter amendments on the ballot, said the early election results are a clear signal from residents that they want to vote for the mayors of their community.

“The voters have always held our elected officials accountable, and this is one more mechanism for doing that for future candidates,” he said. “I’m excited that we will be able to have clear decisions on who should be the leader of our community.”

If the vote holds, residents would directly elect the next mayor in 2019.

Beavercreek, the largest city in Greene County with more than 45,000 residents, according to 2010 federal census data, and the third-largest city in the Dayton area, is the only local government in the county that still uses the top number of votes to elect the city mayor, according to the Greene County Board of Elections.

Greene Memorial Hospital levy

Voters were leaning toward approving a .50-mill renewal levy for Greene Memorial Hospital, according to the county elections board’s preliminary unofficial results late Tuesday.

The levy renewal, if approved, will annually generate about $1.7 million in revenue, and cost property owners about $13.70 per $100,000 of appraised estimated value, according to the county auditor’s office.

The levy renewal is one of two .50-mill levies that fund hospital operations.

Greene Memorial became affiliated with Kettering Health in 2008. The hospital was previously owned by the county.