The Ohio Supreme Court has denied the Delaware Area Career Center’s request for reconsideration of a ruling that invalidated the center’s most recent levy.
Voters approved a renewal levy for the DACC by an overwhelming margin in 2015, but an error by the Delaware County Board of Elections kept the issue off ballots in portions of Franklin, Marion, Morrow and Union counties served by the center.
The court in March ruled 4-3 that the board’s mistake prevented the proper certification of the election results to the state tax commissioner, invalidating the 1.7-mill levy.
The court on April 7 ruled 4-3 it would not reconsider its decision.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor wrote a dissenting opinion in response to the initial majority ruling. She was joined by justices Judith L. French and Patrick F. Fischer. The trio also supported reconsideration of the decision.
DACC officials argued in the suit the ruling "creates a dangerous new precedent" by allowing the state’s tax commissioner – in this case, Joseph Testa – to “unilaterally reject the results of an election.”
The Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Delaware County Board of Elections, the Ohio Association of Election Officials, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and the Ohio Municipal League supported the failed motion for reconsideration.
DACC officials have said the ruling likely would lead officials to pause a $45 million expansion-and-renovation project at the center's south campus off U.S. Route 23.
Center officials had planned to finish the project and close the north campus off state Route 521 by the second semester of the 2018-19 school year.
Read the full story in the April 13 edition of the ThisWeek Olentangy Valley News and the April 16 edition of the ThisWeek Delaware News.