Electric rate issue headed to Ohio Supreme Court

A proposed Galion ballot initiative could be heard by the Ohio Supreme Court.

A week after the Crawford County Board of Elections took the issue off of November’s ballot, an appeal was filed Monday to the state court.

The proposal asks for an independent audit of the city’s electric rate system and the audit would examine city electric rates billed from July 1, 2005 through Dec. 31, 2012.

In her filing, Citizens for Galion group member Roberta Wade, who is working as the group’s attorney, said that the city failed to prove that the issue was unconstitutional, erred in determining that fiscal emergency laws would not allow the issue to be place on the ballot and that the proposed ordinance was an unlawful delegation of legislative authority.

“The Board of Elections has unlawfully, illegally, in plain disregard of the law, and in an abuse of discretion, refused to perform its clear legal duty to submit the Initiative,” Wade wrote.

Galion Law Director Thomas Palmer said the city filed a motion to intervene Wednesday.

By Chris Pugh

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