BUTLER TWP. – Butler Township residents voted Tuesday to turn down Issue 4, a proposal to adopt a limited Home Rule Government. The vote failed 1932-1096.
“We’re disappointed,” said Butler Township Trustee Doug Orange. “I think it was an issue that would have benefited the township without adding any expenses. But, it was pretty complicated and that’s kind of a hard thing to convey in an election. So, I think there was a vast majority of folks that really weren’t sure what the Home Rule was and I think that led to its defeat.”
Supporters have said that Limited Home Rule would have given Butler Township more authority than it currently has in certain areas. This includes the 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.
Supporters have also said it would give greater debt issuance authority which gives the township greater flexibility and lower interest rates. It would also have allowed for instituting emergency parking/traffic resolutions, limiting speeds on township roadways and give broader power to enforce zoning codes.
In the race for Butler Township Trustee, challenger Joe Flanagan was elected with 1454 votes. Incumbent Doug Orange had 1142 votes while Tom Zeigler received 543 votes.
Mark Adams ran unopposed as Butler Township Fiscal Officer and received 2273 votes.
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