POMEROY — The proposed bond issue for the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility will not appear on the May ballot after a decision by the Meigs County Board of Elections on Tuesday morning.
The Board of Elections discussed the proposed bond issue with Meigs County Prosecutor James K. Stanley, Meigs County Commissioner Tim Ihle and Meigs County Sheriff’s Office Major Scott Trussell during their regular meeting on Tuesday after the matter was referred back to the board by the Secretary of State’s Office last week.
The commissioners had filed paperwork for the bond issue on behalf of the sheriff’s office prior to the Feb. 1 filing deadline, but there was an issue with the filing which caused the Secretary of State’s Office to approve it “in form only.”
Prosecutor Stanley explained to the board that it was his understanding the issue was with the header on the form which said “tax levy” rather than “bond issue” although he said the matter was really both a bond issue and tax levy.
After lengthy discussion, board member David Fox made a motion to accept the issue as submitted on the recommendation of the prosecutor, therefore placing the issue on the ballot. Fox stated that given the form and the resolution it was clear that it was worded the way the commissioners and sheriff’s office wanted to go about it.
Fox’s motion died for a lack of a second after much discussion.
Ihle said that the commissioners and sheriff’s office will regroup and decide how to move forward with the bond issue.
The Daily Sentinel will have a complete story on meeting and the board’s decision online this afternoon and in the Wednesday print edition of The Daily Sentinel.
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