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Petition Turned In For Black Twp. Officials Raises

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(WLNS) - The question of whether several Blackman Twp. officials should get substantial raises could be in the hands of voters in August.

The Black Twp. Board of Commissioners approved some raises back in March for the supervisor, the clerk and the treasurer.

Since that time, a lot has happened.

It may be April Fool's Day, but the Better Blackman group isn't joking around. The group turned in more than 90 pages of signatures, which well exceeds the 1,300 signatures they needed.

"We as Blackman residents and voters felt that this pay raise was not ethical at the time," said Louis Globenski, Concerned Blackman Resident.

Globenski says the March 10 4-2 vote was rushed to give substantial raises to the township supervisor, clerk and treasurer

Over 90 pages of signatures were stamped and filed Tuesday with the township clerk.

That's enough to put the issue to a vote on the August 5 ballot to keep or remove the raises.

"I have never in my lifetime seen the amount of people and turnout," said Clerk David Sercombe.

Sercombe, along with the supervisor voted against his own raise, says these signatures send a strong message raises aren't necessary.

Signatures will need to be verified in the next couple of weeks by the clerk's office and if approved, the raises will be up for a vote on the August 5 ballot.

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