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Fostoria City Charter Amendment (May 2011)

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A Fostoria City Charter Amendment measure was on the May 3, 2011 ballot in the city of Fostoria which is in Hancock, Wood and Seneca Counties.

This measure was approved

  • YES 316 (60.65%)Approveda
  • NO 205 (39.35%)[1]


  • YES 116 (71.17%)Approveda
  • NO 47 (28.83%)[2]


  • YES 751 (64.69%)Approveda
  • NO 410 (35.31%)[3]

This measure sought to amend the city charter so that the city cannot merge or abolish a department or commission provided for in the charter unless a vote from the people allows it.[4]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Charter Section 3.01(D) of the City of Fostoria, Ohio shall be and is hereby amended to read as follows:

The council may create, merge, revise, or abolish departments, divisions, boards, commissions, and other units of the city's government that are not provided for in this charter or the general laws of the state of Ohio by ordinance or resolution; however, the council shall not merge or abolish any departments, divisions, boards, commissions, or other units of the city's government that are provided for in this charter or the general laws of Ohio, pertaining to general statutory plan cities, unless the charter or the general laws, as applicable, permit such merger, revision, or abolition; and provided further, THAT UNLESS AUTHORIZED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF FOSTORIA, COUNCIL SHALL HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO ABOLISH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OR FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FIRE-BASED EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, OR TO CONTRACT WITH PRIVATE COMPANIES OR OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OR FIRE DEPARTMENTS FOR SUCH SERVICES, BEYOND ENTERING INTO MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS. SHALL THE PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT BE ADOPTED?[5]