The Delaware County Board of Elections will not accept a levy request after board officials said the Orange Township Fire Department missed the deadline and didn’t submit all of the required paperwork.
Orange Township officials said Thursday that they planned to appeal the decision in court.
Officials argued that they emailed the request in its entirety before the deadline, but did not hand deliver the paper request until two minutes after the deadline.
The township’s fire department has already faced cuts after voters rejected their original levy in November.
Officials hoped voters would approve a smaller levy on the February ballot, but now it seems they won’t get the chance.
On Nov. 30, Orange Township trustees took the first step toward layoffs.
Twenty-two firefighters could be looking for jobs as of Jan. 1 and a fire station could close. 10 part-time employees also would be laid off.
As state law is silent on the issue, the chairman of the Delaware County Board of Elections said he did not believe the county could accept an electronic filing without approval from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.
“As individuals, we are sorry about that, but we didn’t cause the situation and we couldn’t provide a solution to it with the authority we have,” Chairman Ed Helvey said.
Trustees said that they planned to meet on Friday to discuss their next steps.
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Nov. 30, 2012: Orange Township Officials Take Step Toward Firefighter Layoffs
Nov. 27, 2012: Orange Township Needs More Time Before Making Fire Dept. Cuts
Nov. 7, 2012: Orange Township Officials Vote To Place Smaller Levy On Ballot After Failed Attempt