Archive for Monday, November 20, 2006

Tonganoxie issue

November 20, 2006

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Taxpayers, sit down and shut up. This is what Tonganoxie City Council members Jason Ward, Steve Gumm and Velda Roberts are telling us. A valid petition with 354 taxpayers' signatures want the County Road 1 issue to go to a vote. But those three council members voted to send it to court.

What is the cost to the taxpayers to take this to court? These three council members want to spend our tax money to take the taxpayers to court! It just takes a little common sense.

Ron Cranor and David Taylor agree with taxpayers: Put it to a vote. However, common sense seems to be lacking with the other three council members.

If it went to a vote and the taxpayers voted for the County Road 1 project, then that is what they wanted, but those three council members apparently don't feel that the voters are responsible enough to make a decision of this magnitude.

Jason Ward said he believes the city's legal challenge to the petition is to protect the city from being ruled by a petition.

When have voters ever tried to stop the city from doing anything here in the city? But this is not in the city and citizens want it to go to a vote.

Tonganoxie police are going to everyone's home who signed the petition to notify them that it will be going to court.

The people of Tonganoxie need to get more involved in what their City Council is doing.

Paula Crook,

Tonganoxie

Comments

imastinker 8 years, 9 months ago

Paula - couldn't agree more. I believe a few of these members are coming up for reelection soon - remember this when you go vote. I'm surprised an angry mob hasn't chased these people out of town yet!

I'm awful glad I don't live in Tongie right now.

gr 8 years, 9 months ago

"Tonganoxie police are going to everyone's home who signed the petition to notify them that it will be going to court."

What a waste. Don't the police have anything better to do?

"Jason Ward said he believes the city's legal challenge to the petition is to protect the city from being ruled by a petition."

A petition is from the people. So, the city's legal challenge is to protect the city from being ruled by the people. As opposed to being ruled by the three stooges?

imastinker 8 years, 9 months ago

gr - the police have to. These people are recieving summons. Of course the police have better things to do.

fletch 8 years, 9 months ago

Sorry, we live in a Democracy, not a Republic. It is not a smart idea to keep sending issues to direct votes. If we always did that, minorities would still be unable to vote, women wouldn't be allowed to vote, and it would be illegal to worship a non-Christian god. That's why we have representatives, to make informed decisions using all the data available rather than letting the maddening crowds vote on issues without the full perspective. If you don't like that, get the hell out of America.

imastinker 8 years, 9 months ago

fletch - say what you want, but that's not the way it works in small towns in Kansas. I cannot remember very many items that have gone to vote in Tonganoxie (I grew up there). The last was the new school. The simple fact is that they want to spend 2.8 million on a road outside the city limits. This is something the people should vote on if I ever heard of a good reason. That's 2.8 million in a town with probably a thousand households. Do the math.

I do think the council should probably spend the money, but the NEED the blessing of the town first.

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