Serwatka Files Lakewood Tax Petitions

From an email from Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka:

The petition.

The petition.

Well, our petitions have been filed to have the Property Tax Levy Referendum appear on the ballot for Lakewood voters in the upcomingNovember 8th General Election.

In all, 43 petition pages, consisting of 510 resident signatures (more than double the amount required), were bound and filed at the Lakewood Village Clerk’s office on Friday, August 5th at 3:46 p.m. (We were originally informed that petitions were to be filed in Springfield, but were subsequently instructed, by General Counsel for the State Board of Elections that they be filed in the local Municipal Clerk’s Office.)

The petition that Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka filed Friday.

The petition that Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka filed Friday.

There is now a five business-day “objection period” during which our village board could challenge our petition in an attempt to kill our initiative and prevent this referendum from appearing on the ballot. Though I, personally, don’t think our initiative will be challenged, for diligence sake, I have enlisted the counsel of the Law Office of James F. Bishop and Assoc. in this matter.

Mr. Bishop has reviewed all of the petitions and documents, as well as all pertinent statutes and is confident that, if challenged, our initiative will prevail. Mr. Bishop has also offered his counsel in court, in the event that our initiative is challenged – and I believe it is worth noting that Mr. Bishop has offered all of his services to us PRO BONO!

Some of the people who signed the petition.

Some of the people who signed the petition.

Many hours and many days were spent; going door-to-door circulating petitions, distributing flyers, and sweating under the tent at Turnberry Park during our three petition-signing events. And, I have to say, the enormous enthusiasm, support and encouragement from residents was, both, a bit unexpected and incredibly rewarding, making the entire effort worth every minute and every drop of sweat!

Every successive petition signing event drew larger and larger crowds. Many residents who had already signed, came back to ask how the effort was coming along, and to say “Thank You” and encourage us to “keep up the good work.” Some residents even brought us water and snacks, while others drove-by, beeping their horn and calling out words of encouragement. – Thank you, to ALL of you!

Filing the petition with Village Clerk Jan Hansen.

Filing the petition with Village Clerk Jan Hansen.

It is important that you know that I could not have accomplished this alone. This initiative would not have been possible without the laborious efforts of Lakewood residents, Phil Stephan, John O’hara and Cheryl Lockwood nor the support and assistance of residents Amy Odom, Deanna McInerney and every resident who shared our emails, Social Media posts, flyers, etc..

If you get a chance, I hope you will extend a quick “thank you” to them and acknowledge the time and effort that they put into this on behalf of all of us!

I want to thank everyone, for all of your efforts! You all make my wife, Robin, and I very happy that we chose Lakewood to be our home.

Moving forward, once we clear the 5-Day “Objection Period” and are officially “on the ballot” I will follow up to let you know where we stand and what we need to do as we move forward to November’s General Election.


Serwatka Files Lakewood Tax Petitions — 8 Comments

  1. It will be quite telling if anyone challenges these petitions.

  2. Thank you Paul for your efforts on our behalf.

    My wife and I would like to help in any way we can.

    I will keep up on reading the emails and helping out.

    Also I will be educating myself about all the issues affecting us.


    You are keeping good company in John O’hara and Phil Stephan.

    These folks have given selflessly of themselves for the betterment of Lakewood and it is fantastic to see the three of you working together synergistically.

    I don’t know the others.. but, a debt of gratitude is owed to them all!

    Paul, I believe you summed things up quite perfectly in one of your recent emails when you told Lakewood residents:

    “We are in the midst of an awakening – be a part of it!”

    Count me in!

  4. thanks again Paul, now lets see some residents at these board meetings!

    I know I will be at them.

  5. thank you for all your hard work Paul.

    we appreciate your time and efforts to help us all out.

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