With two months to go until the three-way Republican primary election for Grafton Township Supervisor, incumbent Linda Moore has released this campaign piece:
EMBATTLED TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR OUTLINES HER CONFLICT
WITH THE CARRYOVER TRUSTEES
WHILE WORKING TO REDUCE TAXES AND STOP THE NEW TOWN HALL
December 20, 2012
Politics are rough enough, but get even worse when information is getting misstated or twisted by others. It is time to address the misinformation.
I ran for election in 2009, and started a citizen initiative to seek an injunction stopping the construction of a costly ($3.5 million, plus int.) and unneeded new town hall. The township board’s then current effort for this township hall was not lawfully entered into; and a judge granted an injunction stopping the illegal acts a month before I took office (*1).
Three of the four incumbent trustees were re-elected, and I was elected Supervisor. The three returning trustees were quite upset(*2). Those same trustees made many efforts to remove me from my elected position as the new Township Supervisor, and without legal authority hired my current opponent, Pam Fender early in 2010 (*3).
She immediately began taking over my duties, changing the locks on the office and passwords on the computers, answering my phone calls, and generally making it impossible for me to carry out the duties for which I was duly elected and sworn to fulfill, effectively stripping me of many powers(*4). Their goal was to accuse me of being guilty of failure to perform my duties, and to use her as a witness(*5).
The only recourse available to resolve the dilemma was to file suit against the trustees.
The court found in my favor, acting in the best interest of Grafton Township taxpayers. On December 10th, 2010, in a 37 page court order, a second court injunction ended the services of my adversary and the township attorney. This enabled me to return to the office and properly conduct Grafton Township business.
Recent legal bills incurred by the trustees average $8,777 monthly, totaling $70,216 for the last 8 months(*6). All court rulings adverse to the trustees are routinely appealed.
I do not have the authority to prevent the trustees’ actions or determine the propriety or reasonableness of their legal bills, only the ministerial duty to pay them after approval by these trustees(*10).
Due to my need to protect and defend the township, a small part of the legal bills are attributed to my office. These trustees wasted not only a half-million dollars (*7)of taxpayer funds on their illegal efforts to build a new town hall, but they have also spent another half-million dollars in their attempt to illegally remove me from office(*8).
I am also being attacked personally. During my term of office, my adversaries have contacted my family members and interfered in my life during the last the last 3 years for political and malicious gain. They have cost my family tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills and interfered in the care of some ill family members.
Despite this, my work and my commitment to Grafton Township residents to save tax dollars is not complete. We need to remain on duty and vigilant to stop any efforts to build a new town hall. My track record is evidence of that commitment, and more work must be done to ensure we win this fight.
A new building wasn’t needed in 2009 and it is not needed today or tomorrow. The existing building is sound, fully functional and quite adequate in size.
We don’t need distractions, distortions or deceptions when it comes to township business. The real issue is that Grafton Township could do its job for a lot less money. We need to reduce your taxes.I am the only board member to vote consistently against increasing taxes(*9). I plan to lower taxes for the next four years, and continue working hard to prevent wasteful spending.
With your support, I will win re-election in the township primary February 26, 2013.
Grafton Township Supervisor
*1- Ziller v Rossi court order April 2009
*2- video recording of board meetings www.graftontownshipsupervisor.us
*3 – Moore v. Grafton Twp., court order December 2010, page 33, paragraph 2
*4 – Moore v. Grafton Twp., court order December 2010, page 31, paragraph 2
*5 – Moore v. Grafton Twp., court order December 2010, page 14
*6 – www.graftontownshipsupervisor.us homepage
*7 – www.graftontownshipsupervisor.us “Failed Town Hall Expenses” spreadsheet
*8 – www.graftontownshipsupervisor.us “Total Legal Bills Incurred in Effort to Remove Supervisor”
*9 – www.graftontownshipsupervisor.usTax Levy Ordinance, December 2010, 11, 12 board meeting minutes.
*10 – Moore v Grafton Twp., October 17, 2011, court ruling on page 14 of transcript.
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