Recount set on Union’s treasurer referendum

Posted Nov. 20, 2012, at 3:47 p.m.

UNION, Maine — A recount will be held next week to determine whether the town retains an elected treasurer.

On Nov. 6, residents voted 669 to 665 to reject a referendum put on the ballot by selectmen to change the treasurer’s position from elected to one appointed by them.

Town Manager Jay Feyler said Tuesday that a petition signed by 118 registered Union voters was submitted to the town on Nov. 14 asking for the recount. A recount of a local referendum is held only if at least 100 residents sign a petition.

The recount, which will take place at 1 p.m. Nov. 30 at the town office, will be open to public view, the town manager said.

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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.

McAllister’s salary is $37,822 for the current budget year, as approved by voters in June. 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.

Selectwoman Sara Moore, who voted against holding a referendum, said last month that the issue boiled down to a personality conflict. She also said she did not support taking away more authority from the public and handing it to other town officials.

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