UPDATE: Lost ballots help save Christmas in Defiance - KCTV5

UPDATE: Lost ballots help save Christmas in Defiance

Posted: Updated:
DEFIANCE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's a story with many twists and turns. Just when you think you understand and know what comes next, you're taken a new direction. Leaders in Defiance believed voters turned down a tax increase levy on November's ballot, canceling holiday celebrations in the city - but a Christmas miracle saved it.

Normally by the end of November, the streets of small town Defiance are decked out for the holidays: wreaths on light poles, lights covering the parks, and Santa's house on display in downtown. This year, with a Christmas spirit lacking, signs of holiday cheer were few and far between.

"It's a small town, but it's also a town that gets very passionate about certain topics and certain issues," said City Administrator Jeff Leonard.

Leonard said in this year's election, of the nearly 10,000 voters in Defiance, only about 3,000 went to the polls. One levy on the ballot would have raised taxes, or the town would have been forced to make cuts in safety forces, public access, ball field lights and Christmas decorations.

With the levy failing to pass - at first count - the city had to find a place to cut costs, which meant cutting decorations. But City Council wanted to do all it could by Dec. 6 to make sure Christmas decorations could still go up around town. Still, that meant cutting costs in other important areas.

"I'm certainly worried about our safety forces," said Leonard. "We have a very depleted force at this point in both divisions, police and fire. We want to be able to continue the service levels if we can."

City leaders thought there were about two dozen provisional ballots floating around that still needed to be counted. In fact, more than 350 uncounted provisional ballots from early voting were found in the board of elections office.

Just 22 provisional ballots Wednesday night made the decision to cut Christmas. Needing 19 more votes to pass the levy and avoid losing holiday cheer, the levy actually passed by 28 votes.

The Grinch couldn't stop this small town's Christmas. Defiance will be decking the halls this year after all.

Mobile users, click on the "Video" button in the app to watch this story. Download our app here.

Copyright 2013 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Serious injuries following wreck in Lee's Summit

    Serious injuries following wreck in Lee's Summit

    Monday, May 29 2017 10:21 PM EDT2017-05-30 02:21:34 GMT
    (KCTV5)(KCTV5)
    At least four people suffered serious injuries following a wreck at 350 and Colbern Road in Lee's Summit.  The Lee's Summit Police Department said "five or six" people suffered injuries from the wreck and at least four of them were serious in condition.  Multiple vehicles were involved in the wreck.  This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCTV5 News for more.  Copyright 2017 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. More >
    At least four people suffered serious injuries following a wreck at 350 and Colbern Road in Lee's Summit.  The Lee's Summit Police Department said "five or six" people suffered injuries from the wreck and at least four of them were serious in condition.  Multiple vehicles were involved in the wreck.  This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCTV5 News for more.  Copyright 2017 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. More >
  • Missouri man charged with felony after alleged racial slur

    Missouri man charged with felony after alleged racial slur

    Thursday, January 29 2015 11:44 PM EST2015-01-30 04:44:07 GMT
    A 65-year-old Maryville man is charged with felony assault after he allegedly confronted a black server as she served him breakfast. The man is accused of assaulting her and using racially insensitive language.More >
    A 65-year-old Maryville man is charged with felony assault after he allegedly confronted a black server as she served him breakfast. The man is accused of assaulting her and using racially insensitive language. More >
  • Deputy shoots, kills suspected shoplifter at Raytown Walmart

    Deputy shoots, kills suspected shoplifter at Raytown Walmart

    Monday, May 29 2017 5:51 PM EDT2017-05-29 21:51:07 GMT
    Police have blocked off a scene at the Raytown Walmart located at 10300 East Highway 350. (KCTV5)Police have blocked off a scene at the Raytown Walmart located at 10300 East Highway 350. (KCTV5)

    A Jackson County deputy shot and killed a suspected shoplifter Sunday night at a Walmart in Raytown following a struggle with the deputy's stun gun

    More >

    A Jackson County deputy shot and killed a suspected shoplifter Sunday night at a Walmart in Raytown following a struggle with the deputy's stun gun

    More >
Powered by Frankly
KCTV 5 News

Online Public File:
KCTV  KSMO

Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KCTV; Kansas City, MO. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.