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Lake Township trustees deciding how to deal with court decision
The Ohio Supreme Court reversed a $4.4-million Police Department levy, officials to decide what comes next 
by WKSU's MARANDA SHREWSBERRY


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Maranda Shrewsberry
 

Officials in a northern Stark County township are trying to figure out what to do now that a ballot-language snafu has thrown out the primary funding for its police department.

The $4.4 million levy that created the new Lake Township Police Department  was reversed last week by the Ohio Supreme Court. That’s because the ballot language for the measure that barely passed in November was wrong. It estimated the levy would cost one tenth of its actual cost.

The township board of trustees had a brief meeting last week (Thursday) to discuss the court’s decision.

Assistant Chief Prosecutor Deborah Dawson handled the case for the township.  Dawson says the decision set standards for the entire state. 

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“One can conclude for the whole state of Ohio now in the matter of a tax levy or a bond issue – it’s going to be strict construction. There cannot be any deviations from – or any errors – in the ballot language or the notice or resolutions in those types of issues to go before the voters.”

 

She says trustees decided not to hold off on its next step until trustee President John Arnold returns from vacation. The Lake Township Board of Trustees meets next on May 29th. 

 
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