By Branden Ferguson, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
DELPHOS, OHIO -
Facing difficult economic and financial conditions, the city of Delphos asked residents to approve a quarter percent income tax that would generate more than $400,000. At the end of the night, the polls showed 58 percent of voters denied the tax levy, and only 42 percent approved it.
On Wednesday, Mayor Michael Gallmeier and others sit wondering what could have been. What if more than 26 percent of voters would have voted?
After Delphos lost its biggest utility customer, Reser's Fine Foods, the city was forced to reduce office hours and make cuts. Now Gallmeier hopes to talk with council members and determine a plan for action. A hike to utility rates may be the answer, but layoffs are a sensitive topic, as 12 employees have already been let go.
The decision to move on is a must, but that decision must first be discussed by council and Mayor Gallmeier.