Recall Of Beaver Dam Mayor Falls Short

(Beaver Dam) There will be no special election to recall Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen. The recall petition was not filed with the city clerk’s office by yesterday’s (Monday’s) deadline. Mary Flaherty filed the Intent To Circulate a Recall Petition with the city clerk’s office in August saying the mayor is “fiscal irresponsibility and overtaxing” noting her plan to use taxpayer dollars for downtown revitalization. She had 60 days to collect around 1600 signatures but did not disclose the final signature count. Flaherty says while the effort did not secure the signatures needed, it did succeed in sending a clear message to every elected official in the city. She says there was robust support for the petition and notes that state election rules indicate that a second recall petition could be filed. Flaherty says if the “tax-and-spend regime continues” elected officials should be held accountable. City officials begin budget deliberations in committee tomorrow and, for the first time, they will be approving their 2019 borrowing plan at the same time. The city borrowed $550-thousand dollars for 2018 downtown revitalization, which is costing the owner of a $100-thousand-dollar home $4.77 per year for ten years.