Typo on ballot results in last minute withdrawal of park levy in city of Troy

Troy, Ohio (WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles)
Troy, Ohio (WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles)

TROY, Ohio (WDNT) – A clerical error on the ballots in Miami County means voters won’t have their say on some parks and rec projects.

Roughly 20,000 early voters cast their ballots for or against a 2-mil parks & recreations levy for the city of Troy.  On Monday night Troy City Council decided to withdraw the issue from the ballot because of a typo concerning the amount of the levy.  By then it was too late for the board of elections to remove it from the ballot.

The error was a misplaced decimal point that would have generated a substantially less amount of revenue than the targeted $1 million dollar a year for 10 years levy that was supposed to be on the ballot.  The error was pointed out by an early voter just 6 days before Election Day.

The park levy was intended to cover proposed projects for baseball and soccer fields; Senior Citizens Center improvements; plus clubhouse renovations and a driving range at the Miami Shores Golf Course.

Miami County BOE officials posted signs at all polling sites alerting voters about the parks levy on Tuesday, but for the roughly 20,000 early voter looking for results, the BOE said the votes were not counted.

“Once the Secretary of State approved it, we turned the ballot counting off on our counting system so that no results were tallied,” Miami County Board of Elections Director Beverly Kendall said.

There have been no discussions about the future of the levy or the city’s proposed parks & recreation plans.

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