No on Question 1

Published: 10/13/2021 9:02:55 AM

The job of the Greenfield City Council is to use its legislative powers to improve the functioning of the city and advance the interests of its citizens. The role of the voters is to act as a “check and balance” over the council, and to make sure the decisions made by the Council are supported by the citizens who elected them.

Sometimes voters will react strongly to a vote the council has taken that they think is not helpful. Under our charter voters have the right to organize a referendum to undo a vote taken by the council.

In a referendum, all registered voters are allowed to vote — but the actual “voters voting” is often less than half. For that reason, our charter links the number of voter signatures needed to hold a future referendum to the number of “voters voting.” But the City Council in August voted to change the rules, tying referendum signatures to “total voters” — which is a much higher number of signatures needed to get a referendum on the ballot.

But we, the voters, have the final say on Nov. 2. If we want to keep the referendum signatures linked to “voters voting,” we vote No on Question 1. If we want to make it harder to hold referendums, we vote yes to tie signatures to “total voters.” I’m voting “No on 1” because I want voters to control this decision, not allow the council to tell us how high we have to jump.

Becky Ryan

Greenfield


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