Thursday, May 25, 2006

Recall in Clawson over taxes

From the Daily Tribune

Resident seeks recall of city council

CLAWSON -- While city officials make another stab at securing funding for road rehabilitation, a bond opponent has filed petitions with the county to recall the entire city council.

"Paul Garfield filed the request," said City Attorney Jon Kingsepp at Wednesday night's special city council approving new ballot language for a road bond proposal Aug. 8. "He is seeking the recall of all five council members."

Garfield, who heads, earlier this week submitted to the Oakland County Election Commission petition language requesting the recall of council members. He said he did this on behalf of

This was due to the previous millage/bond proposal in Clawson. Paul Garfield and Clawson Tax Payer defeated a millage last May. In response, the City Council there is trying again after losing last time. That is the reason for the recall effort.

The city participated in a lot of misinformation ... .," said Garfield by telephone Wednesday night. "We felt this would be a way to clarify their misinformation they used toward the voters. Before the election took place, we said if we defeated (the bond proposal), that should stand. If it didn't stand and they weren't going to listen to the opinion of the taxpayers, we would have to do a recall. It's our money."

I encourage everyone to visit Clawson Tax Payer. Paul Garfield is a good guy and always has his facts in order. Chances are, Clawson's repeat requests after a loss has happened before in your community (Howell Schools headlee override in 03). If it hasn't, it's bound to at some point.


Anonymous said...

It’s sad that one guy is going to try and change the will of the entire electorate because he doesn’t agree with them. I wonder if they “nice guy” you tales about ever ran for the city council himself. If not, tell him to run. Recalls are so counterproductive and useless. I predict this one will go nowhere.

Anonymous said...

While I don't like the fact that the board is insisting on pushing a proposal that has already been defeated once, and I also generally don't like tax increases, I also believe that since this board was elected legally and should be allowed to serve out their terms unless they commit clear criminal acts.

On the other hand, I also think that this issue will be fair game to bring up in the next elections for township officials. If the taxpayers in Clawson don't like the board they should run against them.

Anonymous said...

Kevin, you are a crackpot on most issues but for once I agree with you.

Anonymous said...

Heh, Heh . . . yeah, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.