BUTLER TWP. – Butler Township residents have been seeking solutions to problems such as annexation and truck traffic in the northern part of the Township, and Administrator Kim Lapensee says that passage of Limited Home Rule could help.
Limited Home Rule, which is Issue 4 on the November 3 ballot, would give Butler Township more authority than it currently has in certain areas. They include:
- Authority the Township does not currently have to legislate things such as part-time employment of off-duty police officers, recycling measures, usage of township buildings, powers to impound animals, and broader powers to deal with other political subdivisions such as the cities of Union or Vandalia.
- More powerful and efficient means of enforcing resolutions, collecting fines, and penalties for infractions.
- Direct promotion of quality of life for residents. Current language must reference the public health, safety, and welfare of residents.
- Greater debt issuance authority which gives the township greater flexibility and lower interest rates.
- Instituting emergency parking/traffic resolutions.
- Limiting speeds on township roadways.
- Broader power to enforce zoning codes.
Lapensee says that while passing Limited Home Rule will help, it won’t solve all the issues facing Butler Township.
“I think this issue will help us in the long run, and I don’t think it can hurt us,” said Lapensee. “As long as a willing property owner is wanting to be annexed, there is nothing in state law that can stop that annexation from happening.”
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