If no Independent candidates file for Delphos City Council and other local seats, voters will have short trip to the polls on May 7.

There are no candidates for the Special Primary on May 7 for mayor, auditor, law director, three council-at-large seats or council president. Independents have until 4 p.m. on May 6 to file.

Bluffton and Spencerville are suffering from the same plight as mayor and two council seats for Bluffton have no candidates and Spencerville mayor, clerk-treasurer and two council seats are also blank.

Delphos City School District voters will see two renewals for the schools. A 2.25-mills 5-year Permanent Improvement Levy was certified by the county auditor to raise $287,902. Permanent Improvement funds can be used for items with a five-year, including buses, furniture and major repairs to infrastructure, buildings and equipment.

“We are in the process of doing an assessment on our buses so we can stay ahead of the game on keeping the fleet up and we’re also looking at technology to make sure our students are competitive with 21st-century skills,” Interim Superintendent Faith Cummins said. “The PI Levy funds also help us buy bigger items we need to do business.”

The levy has been on the books since 1996.

A 5.5-mills 5-Year Operating Levy is also on the ballot. Operating levy funds can be used for cost-of-doing business items like salaries, utilities, supplies, etc. This levy collects $907,535 a year from taxpayers.

“The operating levy helps take care of our day-to-day expenses,” Cummins said. “Both levies are needed and our school board uses sound practices to make good decisions with the district’s money and are good stewards of that money.”

Cummins added that the community has always shown the city schools support and it is appreciated.