This whole matter of the petition drive could have been avoided if the CC would have just listened to The People.
Consider that Mr. Stoffa had presented a budget back in October of 2010, that funded Gracedale for a full year, if at that time the CC would have listened and worked with The People, we would not be in this mess and they would not have wasted tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on this matter. But no, that was too simple lets complicate things.
The ex-chair says - it's my way or the highway and decides to do the executives job, creates his own budget, and then he has the audacity to complain that it was too hard, and he will never do that again because no one appreciates him or what he does.
So he creates a budget that by the way was reported in the media to have been inflated so that it appear like the ex-chair was a financial genius, giving The People the illusion that he reduced the budget, and that he is the greatest councilman ever.
This act was in fact unmistakable arrogance, transparently telling The People that he/they would not listen to anything The People had to say...now they want to blame The People for this mess.
All they had to do was LISTEN.
In the mean time The People said "if you don't listen, we will have to petition".
Now, after The People are sued by the ex-chair and prevail, Stoffa decides to add insult to injury by bringing his own suit against The People, saying that The People are trying to interfere with the budget, not so. All the entire local governing body had to do was listen right from the beginning.
This is a major problem with local government today, beginning with the ex-chair. It seems like they may require the assistance of a hearing aid, consider that if they had listened back in October, and not put The People to the test, this whole matter would never have been a challenge for anyone.