Walters: Voters shoot down Ashland referendum to pay drug-abuse costs

Drug addiction and abuse costs—largely methamphetamine—has decimated the operating budgets of the Ashland County sheriff, district attorney, clerk of courts and Health and Human Services Department. So county officials last week asked residents to raise their property taxes by $1 million a year to help pay soaring drug-abuse costs.

They asked voters to approve a referendum that would have raised property taxes on a home or business valued at $100,000 by $83 per year for five years.