WAPAKONETA — While the Mental Health Recovery Services Board levy still failed by 134 votes, the levy did manage to pick up enough votes in Hardin, Allen and Auglaize counties to force a recount.
When Auglaize County certified its election results Thursday. the levy picked up 38 yes voted and 23 no votes, bringing the grand total in the three counties to 14,858 yes voted and 14,992 no votes. The levy had been failing by just over the .5 percent that automatically triggers a recount after election night, but the margin of defeat has now slid to a .448 difference after all provisional and late absentee ballots were counted.
Mental Health Recovery Services Board Director Mike Schoenhofer said the board is still hoping for the best.
“This is such a critical issue for the families of people we service and the surrounding communities,” Schoenhofer said. “We are still happy that nearly 15,000 people supported us. We are hoping the recount will give us the votes needed to get this much needed levy through.”
Schoenhofer said if the levy still fails after the official recount, voters will face the levy again in May.
“The board has had the first meeting since after the election,” Schoenhofer said. “They have elected to put it back on the ballot again in May.”
Officials at the Auglaize County Elections office said that official results on issues that overlap counties must be submitted to the largest county involved, which is Allen County. The results then in turn will be submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, who will officially announce that a recount must be done.
The levy gained votes in all three of the counties after provisional and late absentee ballots were counted.
The proposed one mill levy would generate $3.2 million in services if passed.