Good news in the fight for liberty and limited government Grass roots activist group, Citizens for a Better Kettering, conducted an initiative petition drive and election campaign that resulted in voters handily approving two charter amendments on Nov 6. We achieved this despite a fierce opposition campaign that appears to have been orchestrated by disgruntled Council members.
One charter amendment limits the number of consecutive terms that a person may serve on Council, so as to in sure a more regular infusion of new citizen leadership.
The other charter amendment reforms Council pay practices by: 1: cutting Council pay in half after the current terms are over to bring pay in-line with other large suburbs 2: banning the Council from raising its pay within a current term 3: making pay raises visible 4: improving disclosure of pay Incidentally, these issues received high levels of approval from Democrat leaning precincts. This was a bi-partisan win.
COAST legal counsel Chris Finney provided assistance in drafting the legal text of the amendments and successfully represented Citizens for a Better Kettering in Federal court to protect their right to petition the government. Learn more about Citizens for a Better Kettering here.