Expect a Crowd at Avon Township’s Annual Meeting

Normally there are only about two or three members of the public in attendance at the Avon Township Board meetings. That may change at the upcoming Annual meeting taking place this coming Tuesday at 6:30 PM. As reported in a Daily Herald article, these types of special meetings only happen once per year and allow registered voters in the audience to vote on certain issues.

The other day I received an email stating that Avon Township would be hearing from a group wanting a non-binding referendum added to the November ballot as follows:

AVON VOTERS WE NEED YOU!


We need an hour of your time.
We are going to ask the Avon Township Board to place the following non-binding referendum on the November ballot.

Should the United States Constitution be amended to limit the use of corporate, special interest, and private money in any political activity, including influencing the election of any candidate for public office.

YES ( )        NO ( )

We can do this if we have the majority of people at the Annual Township Meeting. It is grassroots politics.

Where: Avon Township Center
When: April 10
Time: 6:30

Sam Yingling, Candidate for State Representative
Sam Yingling, Avon Township Supervisor

In an email to Avon Township Supervisor, Sam Yingling, this was his response regarding the issue being on the upcoming agenda:

Every year the Township needs to hold an annual ‘Town Hall Meeting”. This meeting is statutorily the second Tuesday of April, although it may be moved depending on conflicts with religious holidays. At The Town Hall Meeting, every registered voter of the Township (aka the Electors) may attend and be able to vote on issues presented to them via a preset Agenda. The only elected township official that operates in their official capacity is the Clerk. All other elected Township officials revert to an Elector like everyone else.

Like any other meeting the Agenda is made public beforehand; however, the Electors have the statutory ability to circulate a petition to have an item added to the Agenda. In this case, a group of Electors circulated a petition to have added to the Agenda of the Town Hall meeting the following Agenda item:

Should the Electors direct the Township Board to have added to the November ballot the following question?:

Should the United States Constitution be amended to limit the use of corporate, special interest, and private money in any political activity, including influencing the election of any candidate for public office.

YES ( ) NO ( )

If the Electors present at the Towns Hall Meeting on Tuesday vote in favor of this than the Township Board is legally bound to direct the Township Clerk to have the question added to the November ballot for Avon Township residents only. If the Electors vote down this question, than no action can be taken by the Township Board.

I will be there to record the meeting but encourage everyone to show up and vote your choice. The township office is located at 433 East Washington in Round Lake and the meetings start PROMPTLY at 6:30

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