Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00
Congratulations to the Community Agreement Party and thanks to the Garden City Residents Party supporters. At the March 15 Village Trustee election, the Garden City Residents Party more than doubled its votes from last year (to 860) but was not able to overcome the roughly 1,650 votes of the Community Agreement Party. The loss hurts, but all of the Garden City Residents Party supporters should be proud that we have raised awareness about real financial challenges that will only intensify in the years to come. We are on the right side of this financial trend.
You should also be proud that we ran our campaign with integrity and stand by every number we crunched. We maintain this election was about the residents and their interest to see the Village properly maintained without incurring debt. More debt and less infrastructure maintenance are weakening our nation, and we believe to prosper in the future communities need to control their costs and borrow only for opportunistic and innovative projects. To achieve this goal, we think the Garden City Village Board can work more closely with the Citizen’s Budget Review Advisory Committee (CBRAC) all year round.
We were happy to give the residents a choice and impressed by their turnout. Roughly 2,500 voters came out to vote this year compared with 1,000 last year and 200 the year before. This trend is important because We The People are what will ultimately help our community and nation address its challenges. As a result, we will continue to stay involved by volunteering our time at meetings and reporting back on www.gardencityresidents.org. We encourage others to do the same.