"Keep the Jail Downtown" still waiting for a special election date

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Instead of talking campaign strategy, members of Keep the Jail Downtown are consulting their attorneys for answers.

"We really expected to receive a date tonight and we were a little bit blindsided," Mary Dutkowski, a member of Keep the Jail Downtown said.

Monday, the Lucas County Board of Elections decided to hold off on a special election for right now while city council took a closer look at the ordinance.

"Apparently city council is re-looking at the ordinance that they passed, which is kind of sad," Dutkowski said.

Council president, Matt Cherry tells 13abc that the city law department is still looking at the ordinance to be 100% sure it's being handled the right way.

Members of the grassroots effort call it another punch to the gut.

"I don't think the people matter at all. Their ultimate goal is what matters," Dutkowski told 13abc.

While they wait for clarity, sights are set on defeating Issue 10.

"Vote no on Issue 10," Dutkowski said

The levy would fund construction and operations at a new facility and includes a solutions center. County commissioners say it would pave the way for criminal justice reform.

"You can help our county move forward," Pete Gerken, Lucas county commissioner said. "It's a better way for people whoa re ill, mental illness, drug addiction or homelessness."

Gerken adds, "I think we try to be mindful of the pocket books in Lucas county. It's 37 years but it's $4 a month, less than $50 a year."

Gerken says he believes they have support to get the issue passed.

Those with Keep the Jail Downtown say "We do not give up. We have accomplished a lot and we are not backing down."