Treasurer referendum defeat confirmed in Union recount
Union — The treasurer's position will remain an elected rather than an appointed role following a recount on Nov. 30.
A single additional vote against Municipal Referendum Article 2 further solidified the original Nov. 6 decision, bringing the final tally to 665 votes in favor, 670 opposed, and 37 blank ballots.
"I'm happy with it," Select Board Chairman Elmer "Buddy" Savage said of the results. "It was the right thing to do count them again, but I'm happy that it was pretty accurate the first time...We've got issues to face, but we'll get on with it."
"I'm just glad it came out the way it did," agreed Union resident Lyn Athearn. "The people have spoken."
Tea Party spokesman Doris Vertz said, "I was very happy about it... We believe as a Tea Party that the treasurer's position must be elected and remain elected."
Despite the referendum's defeat, selectmen voiced their satisfaction with the recount.
"I think anything that close should have a recount," Select Board Vice Chairman Greg Grotton said. "I'm satisfied, very satisfied."
Selectman James Justice said, "I'm awful glad that there was a difference. It shows that on close votes, there should always be a recount."
Justice added that the select board had received a letter from Linda McAllister's doctor saying that she would not be able to return to duty until January 1.
Selectman Sara Moore, the lone member of the select board who opposed the referendum, said she agreed with Justice. "We only picked up one vote, but that's close, that's very close. I think anything that's close like that needs to be recounted, either one way or the other. Now we have to figure out what we're going to do."
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