February 2014, Highlands United petitioned to move the elections back to November to save the town money.
The Highlands Council, delayed voting on that petition until it was too late to gather signatures forcing the question in the May election. They *further* voted against adding it on the May ballot, citing “constituents” were confused.
For more information/refresher click Are You Confused Highlands?
After the May elections, the council voted to add the question to Tuesday’s election.
This benefited the Council two ways- ensured the incumbents were not voted out tomorrow, two – made sure the incumbents were allowed to stay in office for an extra 6 months.
What have the incumbents accomplished since they took office Jan 1, 2013?
a) Flood mitigation – No
b) Cut Spending – No
c) Brought back business on Bay Ave? – No
d) Limit the time constituents have to speak at council meetings, so they don’t have to hear about not accomplishing important things, – Yes
e) Vote in a Resolution that all volunteers(regardless of when/how they volunteered) must add a disclosure on Facebook as an intimidation tactic so that they don’t have to read about their short comings on Facebook? – Yes
By Voting NO, you give the possibility of new candidates getting in sooner. There is also the opportunity to move the elections back to November after next May’s election.
What it’s going to cost Highlands? 7k.
Let’s look at how Highlands has recovered since Sandy:
Collected Grant monies to start flood mitigation? – Nope
Collected Flood Insurance money to repair Borough hall or community center? – Nope
Collected volunteered hours and submitted them for reimbursement? – Nope
Cut any expenditures departmentally within the Borough? – Nope
Some times you have to spend money to save money long-term, think about a broken down car that you spend money month after month to repair, if you buy a newer, more reliable car, it will cost you short-term, but saves you long-term. – Same thing here.