League of Women Voters® of Bowling Green
Local Program Selection and Policies

At its annual meeting in June, 2017 League of Women Voters of Bowling Green readopted the local positions on Education, Needs of the Elderly, Land Use and Mental Health.

EDUCATION (updated 2013)

The League:


League supports efforts to maintain or improve the quality of life of the elderly population in Wood County.

The needs of the elderly population in Wood County steadily increase due to longevity and the problems of health, finance and other difficulties that accompany longevity. On the other hand, financial support for services to the elderly by federal and state governments is not keeping up with inflation.

LAND USE (updated 2005-2006)

In order to maintain the quality of life in our small city, our League continues to support careful long-range planning. Because change is occurring rapidly, we believe that the Bowling Green Comprehensive Plan needs to be kept current.

In addition, the League supports:

  1. Top priority for the acquisition and maintenance of open space for public use.
  2. Cooperation between governmental agents of the city of Bowling Green and the Trustees of adjacent townships.
  3. Public accessibility of the most recent version of the Comprehensive Plan, with any revisions dated and made evident.
  4. Support of a precautionary moratorium on all new Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) that produce untreated animal waste. Support of improved and similar waste water transportation and treatment systems on each CAFO site within Wood County as required by the State of Ohio of municipalities producing the same volume of waste, with safe nutrient management practices and disposal of sludge, in order to maintain adequate water quality standards in our aquifers, ground and surface waters.

MENTAL HEALTH (updated 2016)

In order to maintain and enhance the quality of life in Bowling Green and Wood County, our League supports the continuing availability of mental health and substance abuse/addiction services for all. We also support sufficient funding of mental health services, acknowledging the increasing influence of substance abuse/addictions on an individual’s mental health.

To achieve the above our League supports:

  1. providing a wide range of effective services across the life span that employs practices informed by research, with flexibility to address changing needs;
  2. continuing the involvement of persons with mental illness and their family members in shaping services and policies;
  3. continuing collaboration among agencies including programming and funding;
  4. increasing public understanding of the impact of mental illness and substance abuse/addictions on the individual and the community.


Nonpartisan Policy of the League of Women Voters of Bowling Green (adopted 2000; re-adopted 2017))

The Board of Directors of the LWVBG may take action on governmental measures and policies in the public interest. However, it shall not support or oppose any party or candidate.

Board Members shall not run for or hold partisan elective office. If a Board Member declares for a partisan elective office, the Member shall resign from the Board. Public notices released by League announcing the resignation of a Board Member to run for political office shall be carefully worded to avoid the appearance of endorsing the resigning Board Member's candidacy.

Board Members' activities must be limited in order to preserve the League's nonpartisan position. The President and the Voters' Service Chair shall not partipate in any partisan way at any level.

A Board member may serve on any public board, commission, committee, or coalition. However, that Board Member does not represent the League unless officially designated as a League representative by the LWVBG Board.

A Board Member may not speak or work against a League position in any way.

The political activities of a spouse or relative of a Board Member are to be considered as separate and distinct from the activities of the Board Member.

Diversity Policy for LWVBG (adopted 1998; re-adopted 2017)

The League of Women Voters of Bowling Green affirms its belief in, and commitment to, reflecting the diversity of the community in its membership, leadership and programs.