Wednesday was the deadline to file issues for the November ballot, but an issue concerning the future of Fort Shawnee could still face a vote.
Fort Shawnee residents will definitely see a tax levy issue on the November ballot for operating expenses. The levy is for 3.25 mills and will last for five years. However, there could also be a referendum on the ballot to dissolve the financially distressed village.
Members of a petition committee to dissolve the village say they have the necessary signatures. The paperwork has been handed over to Fort Shawnee council. However, it has not been turned over to the Allen County Board of Elections. Elections Director Ken Terry says for this issue, signatures must be filed by the afternoon of August 23rd.
"The code section that governs this petition process is very short and lacks a lot of detail. So, we went to the prosecutor's office and that was the deadline they gave us to get it on the November ballot," said Terry.
Terry called this a rare circumstance. He says issues typically must be filed 90 days before an election.