Concerned Citizens for Honest & Open Government placed an ad in this past week's New Hartford edition of the Pennysaver to make sure that Town of New Hartford residents had information regarding the $4.6+ million bond referendum that was to take place on January 16, 2007.
As you recall, in October 2006, several of our members collected signatures to "force" the bond spending to a vote. Our group believes that all town residents deserve a chance to have a say in any spending that requires bonding and although town officials were quoted as saying they would "educate" the public on their plan, no information was forthcoming. We also were the ones to bring to light the fact that no absentee ballots would be allowed; a detail that our town councilmen and town attorney claim they did not think about prior to receiving numerous calls from residents who read our website and blog. We also sent information to the Observer Dispatch and as a result they did an article regarding the "no absentee ballots" decision.
On Wednesday, January 10, 2007, just 6 days before the vote was to take place and one day before our ad was to run in the Pennysaver, the town board cancelled the vote. They will vote on new bond resolutions at the next town board meeting on Wednesday, January 17, 2007. That meeting will be at Butler Memorial Hall at 6:00 p.m. We urge you to attend--meetings usually only last 35-40 minutes at most.
According to a statement made by Town Supervisor Earle Reed, the new bond resolution vote will be a mandatory referendum, meaning that we will not have to collect signatures--the vote will take place and absentee ballots will be allowed this time.
In the meantime, we have posted our Pennysaver ad for anyone who has not already had a chance to view it in the New Hartford edition of the Pennysaver that was mailed to homes on Thursday, January 11, 2007. We removed the information regarding the January 16th vote so as to not confuse anyone.
At this time, we do not know if there will be any changes to the bond resolutions, but we will keep you informed as details become available. For more complete information regarding all eight(8) bond resolutions be sure to visit our website.