As of Dec. 3, confirmation of a certified valid petition of remonstrance against the proposed Westfield-Washington Township Bond for $15 million has been received. Far more signatures were obtained than required from a cross section of our community, including Republicans and Democrats, young and old, some who live in the city and some who reside in the township and economically diverse (areas). It is noteworthy that more people participated in the remonstrance against the tax than those who participated in the 2016 planning survey for township parks. This is a clear indication that those plans miss the mark by failing to address the plan’s financing.
As it is a rare occasion to remonstrate and receive a valid certification, it is my understanding that a Westfield Washington Township Board meeting and notification in a local publication shall occur within the next few weeks, according to the process dictated by the State Board of Accounts. With few days remaining in the term of the incumbent board, we would be best served by waiting until January, 2019 for the new township board to determine how to proceed. When convened, the remonstrating public respectfully requests the board to rescind the ordinances relating to the bond (which is the preferred solution); however, they may opt to enter into a “signing competition.” As a concerned and engaged resident, I will do my very best to keep your readers informed of where the issue is in process.
Thank you to the community for your care and concern regarding this tax levy of unusual proportion. Your continued support and understanding are appreciated.
Marla Ailor, Westfield