Question Of Increasing Town Council Seats On Next Week’s Ballot

No Crothersville Town Council member will be on the ballot next Tuesday, but Crothersville voters have an exclusive question to answer concerning the council size when they vote, Nov. 4.
The question is simple and requires a yes or no answer: “Shall the number of town council members be increased from three members to five members?”
If the majority of Vernon Crothersville precinct voters say yes next week, then five town council seats will be voted on in the municipal election in November 2015. If the ‘No’ votes are in the majority, the council would remain at three members.
The suggestion of increasing the council size was put forward last year by local resident Brenda Holzworth who, at the time, said in 2-1 voting situation it is one person making the decisions for the town. “Five members would give greater input into decision making,” she said.
In August the town council approved a local resolution which allows voters living in town to decide whether to increase the number of seats on the town council.
Several years ago the council abolished council districts allowing all members to run at-large in order to encourage residents to participate in the local town governing process. If two more seats are added to the council table, they too would be an at-large position.
The question will only be on the Vernon Crothersville precinct ballot which votes at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Voters in the Vernon South precinct will cast their ballot at the Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Station while Vernon North voters will cast their ballot at Professional Heating & Cooling on US 31 north of Uniontown.
The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Tuesday.