Loveland City Council’s majority pushed through a reversal of the decision last Tues. to hold the Special Election that will decide the fate of Loveland’s citizen’s initiative on a two year moratorium on fracking in Loveland. Was July 29 – a week later it was moved up to June 24.
We, the citizen’s of Loveland, have been continually sabotaged by this council majority’s actions against our initiative, and the vote to change the date of the Special Election to June 24 is no exception.
This decision was pushed through despite the warning the week before from our Larimer County clerk that taking such action would both disenfranchise many voters and confuse others (who may then find their vote disqualified due to mishandling of the ballot).
Her professional advice was met by attempts to bully and intimidate her into taking on our election. When she refused, the behavior of two of our councilmen quickly erupted into some pretty despicable behavior. Shameful.
She stood by her decision however, and refused to participate in threatening not only Loveland voters with disenfranchisement, but every voter in Larimer County.
Despite the county clerk’s advisements, and her refusal to participate, the council majority reversed their decision a week later – the special election will now be held on June 24th.
I guess Councilmen Taylor wouldn’t or couldn’t hold fast to his dissenting vote the week before.
What is worse (if in fact it can continue to get worse), the council majority’s action adds yet more cost to taxpayers. We pay and pay and pay for their continued manipulation of our right to vote. An election that should have taken place last November now carries the price tag of at least $80,000. I believe Troy Krenning’s claim to being a fiscal conservative has now been proven false.
Protect Our Loveland was organized to create and sponsor a citizen’s initiative, needed, because our City Council refused to acknowledge Loveland citizens concerns. Concerns that oil and gas development would negatively affect our health and property values. When our council majority then refused us our right to vote on the issue last Nov., our mission was expanded to include the protection of our civil rights.
We are now campaigning for our initiative. Please join with us by volunteering to help us win our moratorium. Please join with us by donating to help pay for the costs of this election, as we fight to win the time to consider the consequences of opening our city up to fracking before we know the facts.
The council majority may have made it clear, and obvious, that THEY don’t want a moratorium – or even an election on this issue. But now that we finally have an election, regardless of their continued roadblocks, we are going to win it.
Protect our children, Protect our homes, Protect Our Loveland. It’s two years. The gas and oil aren’t going anywhere.
Thank you so much.
Sharon J. Carlisle
PROTECT OUR LOVELAND
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