In November 2015, there was an election in which the citizens of Miami Township were asked to vote on a proposed increase in their taxes to fund additional moneys for road maintenance and construction. The Township Trustees, elected by the people, put forward their recommendation for an increase and asked the people who elected them for permission to proceed – by putting a tax levy on the ballot. As many have said before, elections have consequences and in this one, the voters gave their elected officials a clear mandate. By election standards, an overwhelming majority of voters (53%) voted AGAINST the township requested 2mil tax increase. The voter’s message was clear. They did not believe that that Miami Township needed additional funds to proceed with its plans for street resurfacing. Many even argued that the township has a long record of poorly spending the money already funded to them. Regardless of why, the voters heard the Township’s arguments and subsequently voted NO. So, how did the Township Trustees react to this mandate given to them by those same people who elected them? In January 2016, with the last election barely over, they voted to put the EXACT SAME 2mil roads levy back on the ballot!
Imagine if after the Presidential election in November, the losing party had a quick meeting and was given the chance to force another vote in March. Ludicrous right? Yet, it happens all the time with local issues and tax levy requests. Well, I am hoping that way more than 53% of the folks in Miami Township send the same message back to Miami Township in March and vote NO - AGAIN. Then, perhaps when those Trustees are up for election, they can be replaced for clearly ignoring the mandate of the voters. Elections have consequences.