LIMA — Voters in Fort Shawnee will get a chance to make their voice heard this November. A ballot initiative seeking the dissolution of the village was certified by the Allen County Board of Elections on Monday.
Mark Vernik, deputy director of the Allen County Board of Elections, said the certification was made Monday.
“We certified that they had a sufficient number of signatures on their petitions,” Vernik said. “As a result the issue will appear on the ballot in November.”
It won’t be the only issue before voters in the village that has struggled mightily with finances and made cuts to basic services such as police protection and street lights. A competing issue would give voters the choice of keeping the village, but paying for it. Voters will also be asked to consider a 3.25 mill property tax designed to return the village to solvency by 2014.
The ballot question asks voters if the village should surrender its corporate power.
Fort Shawnee isn’t the only village in the region looking at dissolution as an option.
Auglaize County election officials previously certified a similar ballot issue for the village of Uniopolis.
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