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Peru alderman at-large idea has lovers and haters

Posted by wlpo on March 14, 2014

Signs are posted throughout Peru urging you to vote “yes” to having two aldermen elected at-large.  Former Peru Alderman Joe Witczak says the signs leaves out is that voting yes means cutting two aldermen leaving you with less representation on the city council.

The Peru Alderman At-large Initiative goes to voters Tuesday.  A supporter, Travis Nelson argues that you wouldn’t lose representation because the two at-large aldermen would have to represent everyone.  Witczak says the aldermen already do that.

Witczak says the change could leave three of the four wards with only one alderman and one ward with three, something he doesn’t think would be fair.

Nelson also says reducing the number of aldermen would save money.

The referendum is binding.  If approved, the city council would have to start from scratch next spring.

Interviews with Nelson and Witczak are available at the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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