Treasurer referendum defeat confirmed in Union recount

By Bane Okholm | Dec 01, 2012
Photo by: Bane Okholm Union Town Clerk Marcy Corwin tabulates votes during the treasurer referendum recount at the town office Nov. 30.

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."

Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at bokholm@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Ballot clerk Diane Gross organizes materials for the treasurer referendum recount at the Union town office Nov. 30. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Resident Lyn Athearn watches the treasurer referendum recount at the Union town office Nov. 30. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Selectman Sara Moore confers with constituents at the Union treasurer referendum recount at the town office Nov. 30. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Tea Party spokesman Doris Vertz keeps an eye on the tallies at the Union treasurer referendum recount Nov. 30. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
From left, Select Board Vice Chair Greg Grotton and Selectman James Justice observe the treasurer referendum recount at the Union town office Nov. 30. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
An onlooker multitasks during the treasurer referendum recount at the Union town office Nov. 30. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Union Select Board Chairman Elmer Savage listens to fellow observers at the treasurer referendum recount held at the town office Nov. 30. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Comments (4)
Posted by: Don Hastings | Dec 05, 2012 17:46

Well said Bill. In town politics, some people get so wrapped up in their own self interest, they don't take into consideration the human factor. Linda does not deserve the assassination attempt on her integrity. Stay strong Linda you are a better person than most.



Posted by: betty anne mccommic | Dec 02, 2012 08:43

My sentiments exactly. You couldn't have said it any better bill packard. I hope the people in union finally see thru a few people and get this mess taken care of. They couldn't of asked for a better treasurer then Linda.

 



Posted by: Ed Allen | Dec 01, 2012 23:01

Oh Bill im not done . The OSC is wanting more info. Witch i will give them.Keep in touch.



Posted by: Bill Packard | Dec 01, 2012 19:25

Everybody in this story is quoted as being "happy" or "pleased", or "satisfied", "Awful glad".  A human being has been destroyed here.  There is a person, a name behind this Union Town Treasurer.  Her name is Linda McAllister.  Linda is LInda. She could be less detail oriented.  She could just go along.  She could not print out reports and put red notes in the margins.  One item that keeps being reported everytime this is news is that funds were commingled. I would not challenge the auditor's report, but I would ask for a clarification of who commingled the funds.  I doubt that it was Linda McAllister.

So for all the people that are "happy with the results" just remember that there is a human being that has been destroyed through this process. Some of you stood by and did nothing, and you are the ones that should be most ashamed.  Some fueled the fire and I can only guess that you get pleasure in hurting other people.

What's happened can't be changed, but where we go from here in Union is up to us.  Linda, I'm so ashamed that the town you devoted your life to has treated you this way.

 



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