Deadline Day for Referendum Redux (Petition for Second Referendum Certified)
Posted by whforums on July 31, 2008
It’s July 31st — which, normally, would mean dog days of summer. The Town Council and Board of Ed are both mere shapes in the haze, the dog is getting shorter walks and, if I don’t take the trash out more often, it stinks.
But this July 31st is different — today is the deadline for the WHTA to collect enough signatures to force a second referendum on the budget. I haven’t heard or seen any scuttlebutt, so I suppose it would be irresponsible of me to speculate on the potential success or failure of the petition drive. UPDATE: According to a commenter, the referendum petition was certified on July 27th and the referendum is a go. Judy Aron, VP of the WHTA, has confirmed that there are indeed enough signatures for a second referendum.
So, instead, Assuming another referendum, I’m going to turn this space over to you. I’ve got three questions for everyone to answer which may begin to re-delineate the sides of the argument. Feel free to add questions and I’ll add them to the post.
Residents of West Hartford, tell us:
1.) Did you sign a petition for a second budget referendum? Why or why not?
2.) What do you think would be will be the outcome of a second referendum?
3.) Have you already made up your mind about how you’d will cast your vote on a second referendum, or can you still be persuaded?
My answers, and the answers of others across town, after the jump.
1. I did not. Because no one asked.
2. I think the outcome would will be minimal — the council would will make more small cuts, the WHTA will be outraged but unable to force a third referendum (we stop at two in these parts, for better or worse), and we’ll bottle this up until next spring. Then we’ll all hate each other again.
3. I can still be persuaded. Right now, if there’s a second referendum, I’m leaning “Yes.” The “No” side would have to work hard to convince me that a “No” vote would lead to meaningful change. But I’ll listen to reasonable arguments.