Petition effort earns enough signatures to put issue on ballot

Jim Sitterly did it. After Huron County Commissioners voted to raise the real estate conveyance fee from $2 to $3 per thousand last month, Sitterly started a campaign to let voters decide on the increase.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

 

Jim Sitterly did it.

After Huron County Commissioners voted to raise the real estate conveyance fee from $2 to $3 per thousand last month, Sitterly started a campaign to let voters decide on the increase.

He needed almost 1,900 registered voters to sign petitions. He turned in 70 petitions with 3,057 signatures to the Huron County Auditor's office Monday.

Auditor Roland Tkach said his office will keep the petitions for 10 days for public inspection. That means anyone can come in and ask to look at the petitions, he said.

On Dec. 6, the petitions will be turned over to the board of elections. Tkach said that office will have 10 days to examine all the signatures to make sure everyone who signed is a registered voter in Huron County. Tkach said with the number of people who signed the petitions, there will probably be enough qualified signers to take the issue to the ballot.

If the board of elections certifies enough signatures on the petitions, county voters will get to vote on the tax increase on March 4.

Huron County commissioners voted to raise the tax to $3 per thousand last month. State law allows commissioners to charge up to $4 per thousand. Commissioners looked at seven other counties in the area, Commissioner Mike Adelman said, and learned that most counties already charge a $4 per thousand fee.

Commissioners said the increase in the fee should bring in about another $50,000 to $60,000 and they earmarked that money for economic development and tourism.

Commissioners raised the fee in Huron County from $1 per thousand to $2 per thousand in 2000. That increase also triggered a petition drive, but it was not successful.

Tkach said 39 petitions with 1,657 signatures were turned in and that was not enough to put the increase on the ballot.

Comments

Where is.. (Ano...

Done deal now? Loud mouth ignoramus.

Done Deal (Anon...

i'm right here laughing at you because the fee is still in affect and now sitterley must spend time and money on the ballot issue. fools! that's if these petitions turn out to be legit.

my name my name...

Hey done deal you run your BIG mouth too much. HAHAHAHA you lost know it all.

TORKER (Anonymous)

done deals new name - dumb deal.

kiwi (Anonymous)

Done deal you got owned.

lorair (Anonymous)

done deal equals county employee.

voter (Anonymous)

We laugh at you done deal. People like you motivate people like us. In this county there is a silent majority that is and will be active in things concerning right. You see the "it won't fly" attitude does not work. Remember Ohio is the home where the airplane was first made. Done deal grounded.

JEF (Anonymous)

I just heard on a business news show that just one foreclosed home within a neighborhood tends to decrease the market value of nearby homes by approx. 1%. Several foreclosed homes affect market values even worse. What is the foreclosure rate within Huron Co.? The housing mkt. in Huron Co. is most likely in a depression. This 50% fee increase foisted on Huron Co. homeowners by the HCC is perhaps well intended, but it is very ill timed. The initial response to Mr. Sitterly's petition undoubtedly illustrates a popular backlash against unreasonable local tax and spend bureaucracies.

Monroeville Ame...

Kudos, to you Mr.Sitterly!These naysayers here should quit trying to rub their negativity off on others!Because I say "ACTION IS A LOT LOUDER THAN WORDS"!In troubled times like these we need a citizen working for the people by the people!My husband & I are tired of everyone digging in our wallets!How are we supposed to survive?The "Middleclass Family" no longer exists around here!There is poverty level,above poverty level[which if something seriously happens to one it could send you down to poverty level,and those in the safe zone.We have been struggling all our lives to get into the "safe zone" and it has NOT happened,& we know now it will NEVER happen for us!Right when we start getting a little money saved in the bank, something happens & we have to take it out to be able to continue to work to try to get ahead!Our donating money to charities has even changed this year.I have decided to "start at home"so to speak!Instead of putting into a pot where the person isn't even ringing the bell,instead their sitting down& not really trying to be polite about wanting your money,but guilting you into giving them your money.So, not working for me anymore!I'm finding other ways in my life to be charitiable.Anything for our people in uniform,and our veterans!Kindness begins around us!I have been in places this year,mostly local stores etc, if I see a child that is short cash and he or she only needs a buck or two I dig into my purse and find it for them!No matter how small an event to one person may become a chain reaction for another!"Paying it Forward".I hope in turn they will do something nice for someone else!By the way I would like everyone to know-that I'm collecting magazines for the troops, so if you have read your magazines & you would like to donate these to our troops in Iraq please post it on here& I will get back with you!Thank-You!I'm also taking used cell phones to give to a school for young children.Thank you, Mr. Sitterly for trying to do the right thing for all !

smalltowner (An...

to Monroeville American how do I contact you with magazines ?

little tuff guy...

JIM SITTERLY DA MAN. DAMN U GOOD!! TOOK US TO DA TOP!!

Done Deal (Anon...

Sihterley, do you have any idea how to run a good campaign once this hits the ballot? I just heard the auditor is going to throw out MANY of the petition signitures because they are not allowed. you lose again sitterley!

JEF (Anonymous)

Those poor misguided souls who appear to so loadly support local government administrations with repressive policies as well as tax-and-spend commissions shouldn't really mind cutting a check and throwing a little extra cash into already bloated bureaucratic coffers. The city and the county treasuries will gladly except your money. Those who like big government so much should support it with as much personal money as they can muster.

Done Deal (Anon...

Tkach said 39 petitions with 1,657 signatures were turned in and that was not enough to put the increase on the ballot. YOU LOSE!

dumb deal (Anon...

I heard you are *******. Since I heard it - it must true. At our office, we laugh @ your posts. Regardless of the outcome all of us are laughing at you. Please keep ranting & crying. You give us so much amusement. THANK YOU.

Done Deal (Anon...

Commissioners said the increase in the fee should bring in about another $50,000 to $60,000 and they earmarked that money for economic development and tourism.

swiss family......

i would hope that everyone who signed the petition was a registered voter at the time!!!

Done Deal (Anon...

you hit the nail on the head for once in your ignorant life, swiss. sitterley better pray to christ that those siganatures are valid because i got a feeling a whole bunch will be THROWN OUT!

swiss family......

thank you Mr. Sitterly for getting it before the voters... i hope that the people will go out and use their voting power to say what they really want... thank you again!!!!

RE:Smalltowner ...

Thank-You, for your intrest in the magazines for our troops in Iraq!You may drop them off in Norwalk,Ohio at a local truck center called Northeren Ohio.It is off Rt#18.It is right across from Action Auto Supply,& beside the star diner.Just go right on in & someone will be happy to take them.Make sure it is Northern Ohio, there is Norwalk trucking which is on rt#20 which is NOT the one.I had been informed late last night that they have to be collected by Friday before 1:00pm.I'm sorry, I know that time is running out since that is tomorrow.I appreciate your intrest,thank you very much!