In an email to Lakewood constituents, Village Trustee lays out a petition campaign to place an advisory referendum on the fall ballot:
In my continued effort to hold local government accountable and to lower property tax burdens, I am currently working on an initiative to place an Advisory Referendum on the ballot for the upcoming General Election on November 8th, 2016.
This referendum will give Lakewood residents an opportunity to formally vote in the General Election, on whether or not local bodies of government – particularly our own Village Board – should be able to raise our property tax levy without first explaining why they deem it necessary and then allowing residents an opportunity to formally vote on it.
Being that this is an advisory referendum, it is technically non-binding – which means we would have no legal means of forcing our Village Board to comply. That being said, once the referendum is passed and in effect, for the board to raise the tax levy without first explaining the need and allowing residents to formally vote on it, would unequivocally constitute a deliberate, willful and wanton disregard of our formally expressed wishes – one that could not be pacified or plausibly denied.
WHAT WE NEED TO DO:
To get this referendum on the ballot, we will need to circulate petitions and gather a minimum of 400 signatures from registered voters who reside in the Village of Lakewood. My hope is to get substantially more signatures to help withstand any legal challenges that may come about by those who may want to keep this referendum from getting on the ballot.
Once all the signatures are gathered, completed petitions must be submitted to the Board of Elections in Springfield. They must be submitted by the end of July. I will be submitting them, in Springfield, personally.
In the upcoming weeks, I will be knocking on doors asking for signatures. Because it is often difficult to catch people at home, I will also be scheduling some “petition meetings” where residents can stop by and sign. I will keep you updated on when and where these meetings will be held.
I will also be carrying petitions with me this SUNDAY, June 5th at the Celebrate Lakewood fest. I hope you will find me, say hello, sign the petition and perhaps take one with you!
I NEED YOUR HELP!
Many hands always make light work and YOUR help circulating petitions will help to assure our success. If you are able to walk your block or neighborhood and gather signatures, your help will be much appreciated.
Remember, the taxes you help to save – will be your own!
Please SHARE THIS EMAIL and encourage your neighbors to join my email list, if they have not already done so.
I hope to speak with you soon!