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Blackman Twp. Residents Collect Enough Signatures For Referendum

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Mike Swope has lived in Blackman Township for over a decade, and is sick of what he calls the "corruption among a few of the Blackman Township officials.

"Its an out and out naked money grab for treasurer Sherry Brockie," said Swope. "And there's no justification for it."

It all started a few weeks ago when the board approved a raise quadrupling the salary for Sherry Brockie and Clerk David Sercombe - from about $12,000 to more than $49,000 - and doubling that of Supervisor Pete Jancek to the same amount.

Even though the item wasn't originally on the agenda, it was approved in a 4-2 vote.

Brockie was the only one to get a raise to vote yes. But after some public outcry last week, she sent in a letter of retirement, but the board didn't approve it.

This means at this point she is still the treasurer with a salary that is set to triple.

So Swope and other members of the community are taking matters into their own hands and started a referendum. They are collecting signatures to remove the pay raise that was passed just a few weeks ago.

A "Better Blackman" Facebook Page has also been created to spread the word about elected officials salary's.

"The Facebook page has really been important to getting the word out and for exchanging ideas because its really a central distribution point for communication," said Swope.

We spoke to Trustee Mark Singer on the phone today. Though he initially voted for the salary raises, he now said he wants to change his vote and is looking into how to do that. He supports the community's referendum movement. The next township meeting is April 10th at 6pm.

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