Citizens of Avon Voice Discontent Over Assessor Ditton’s Job Performance
As the last light was turned off and the doors were locked at the Avon Township Center Monday night, one thing was quite clear. The citizens of Avon Township have grown weary of Assessor Christopher Ditton’s performance as well as his costly lawsuits and overwhelmingly seek his resignation. They also backed the Boards recent decision to censure Avon Township Assessor Christopher Ditton. With several dozen citizens of Avon Township in attendance, the lone dissenter was a political ally of Dittons who failed in an attempt to have a roll call vote requiring everyone to state their names.
When the same individual asked Trustee Bill McNeill how he would have voted if he were at the censure meeting, McNeill responded at length, along with stating that he would have voted in favor of the censure resolution. (first video below starting at about the 19:35 minute mark)
The censure resolution was the culmination of meetings held in June and July in which residents expressed an ongoing displeasure with the way Assesor Ditton has handled his elected duties, including the mounting costs of his lawsuits and legal challenges. Some of the gripes come from Ditton closing the Assessor’s office in the Township Center from Sept. 2014 to Feb. 2015, his failure to attend Board and Finance Committee meetings, blaming his multiple lawsuits on the current insurance carrier’s non-renewal and skyrocketing deductible costs, along with his past, present and ongoing conduct toward the Board members (threatening more lawsuits against them).
The call for Assessor Ditton’s Resignation reads as follows:
Citizens call for the resignation of the Avon Township Assessor, R. Christopher Ditton
As of today, August 24, 2015 let the voices of discontent from the citizens of Avon Township be heard, who formally endorse the Resolution of Censure unanimously passed by the Avon Township Board on August 10, 2015 and do furthermore call upon the Avon Township Assessor, R. Christopher Ditton to formally resign from his post as an elected official representing the citizens of Avon Township.
The following video is from the Monday night Special Avon Town Hall meeting where the citizens, by an overwhelming vote, asked for Assessor Ditton’s resignation.
The following video is from the August Monthly Board meeting where Assessor Ditton was formally censured by the Board.
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