Peculiar is seeking a re-count of ballots after a proposed motor fuel tax question failed by a handful of votes on April 8.
The 1-cent-a-gallon tax, which would have funded street upgrades, required a two-thirds majority, or 66.67 percent of the votes, to pass.
Of the 745 voters who came to the polls, 66.17 percent, or 493, supported the tax.
City Clerk Nick Jacobs outlined four options when the Board of Aldermen met April 21:
• File a petition in Circuit Court for a re-count, since the difference was less than 1 percent. The filing cost would be $127.
• Ask the Circuit Court to order a re-count and possibly have the county pay for another election because of voting irregularities.
In one instance, two residents who favored the tax reported they weren’t allowed to vote on it because the county had them registered as rural residents. City leaders also heard about difficulties with voting equipment.
• Petition the court to render a decision on the issue.
• Do nothing and accept that the question had failed.
City Attorney Reid Holbrook said it would be difficult to convince the court to side with the city because of alleged voting irregularities.
By the end of the night, the board decided to file a court petition for a re-count. If the re-count does not change the result, members said they likely would consider putting the question back on the ballot in the summer.
If that happens, that would be the fifth election on the issue since 2009.