Hilliard voters will not be asked in March whether to amend the city charter concerning City Council's use of emergency rezonings or tax-increment-financing districts for residential uses.

Hilliard voters will not be asked in March whether to amend the city charter concerning City Council's use of emergency rezonings or tax-increment-financing districts for residential uses.

A law firm city officials solicited to review Keep Hilliard Beautiful's charter-amendment petition, which was certified last month by the Franklin County Board of Elections, found it was flawed in three ways.

Attorney Joseph R. Miller, of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, said it did not include a title for the proposed measures; it did not indicate whether the proposed amendments were new sections of city charter or amendments to existing sections; and the petition was altered by adding to each individual page the name of the committee circulating the petition.

City Council on Dec. 14 voted 5-2 against an ordinance that would have placed the proposed charter amendments on the March primary ballot.

Les Carrier, who led the petition drive for Keep Hilliard Beautiful, and Tom Baker, citing a desire to have voters settle the issue, voted to place the issue on the ballot.

Nathan Painter, Kelly McGivern, Joe Erb, Al Iosue and Bill Uttley voted against the ordinance.

For more on this story, read the Dec. 17 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.