Union voters retain right to elect treasurer

Posted Nov. 30, 2012, at 7:08 p.m.

UNION, Maine — A recount of the results of a municipal referendum on whether the town treasurer should be elected or appointed resulted in the same outcome.

The Friday afternoon recount upheld the previous result that the position will remain elected by the public.

On Nov. 6, the initial count had voters defeating a proposal to have the position appointed by selectmen by a vote of 669 to 665. On Friday, the measure was still rejected, this time by a 670 to 665 vote, according to Selectman Greg Grotton.

The recount was requested by 118 citizens who signed a petition after the election.

The treasurer’s post has been held for 25 years by Linda McAllister. Re-elected to another one-year term during municipal elections in June, her term continues through June 2013.

Selectmen who supported the change said that a recent audit had revealed significant deficiencies that included co-mingling general fund accounts with special fund accounts and failure to reconcile the general ledger.

Opponents of the proposed change argued that the issue boiled down to a personality conflict within the town office and the change would take away more authority from the public and hand it to other town officials.

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