By Melanie Yingst
TROY — The board of elections certified more than 800 signatures collected by the Troy Fire Department to place a referendum in regards to the city council’s ordinance to establish a part-time wage.
According to deputy director Eric Morgan, the board of election members approved the petition to place a referendum on the ballot on Thursday.
The board approved 830 of the more than 1,300 signatures collected by the members of the Troy Fire Department union. The department needed valid 760 signatures
The petition has been sent to the city of Troy’s auditor office for approval.
Morgan said it is unclear if the issue will be on the Nov. 4 general election or will have to wait until the November 2015 general election. On Friday, Morgan said he has placed a call with the Secretary of State to determine if the deadline was met by the petitioning firefighters.
On July 7, Troy City Council voted 6-2 for the ordinance to establish part-time wages for firefighter/paramedic at $14 and firefighter/EMT at $13 an hour. Following the ordinance, Troy Fire Department union president Josh Havenar said the union members voted unanimously to pursue a referendum.
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