By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer
An attempt to make Warren County's Deerfield Township the first in the state to be run by five trustees instead of three appears to have been narrowly defeated 3,719 to 3,597 Tuesday in complete, unofficial returns.
A recount is likely.
Issue 18 was a measure permitted under an Ohio law passed in 2001 that allows townships with home rule to add two trustees, and Deerfield is one of 18 townships statewide that has home rule.
A group of residents called Friends for Five organized a petition drive this summer to put the measure on the ballot, saying a larger board is more appropriate for a community of more than 26,000 people. The current trustees, however, say the expansion is an untested idea that would cost taxpayers an additional $50,000 a year.
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