There was discussion about the Smithfield Township request to place a referendum on their ballot for levying a tax to repay a 2 million dollar bond over 20 years. The proceeds will be used to pay for land rights, conservation easements, preservation of forest and waterways. Solicitor Dunn said the language needed tightening, but otherwise it met the requirements. Ellen Lott attended representing the Nature Conservancy and spoke in favor of the referendum. The Board passed the amended referendum, subject to it satisfying the board solicitor. It will cost each taxpayer $2.40 per month
Ballots will go to the printer when Sara receives certification from the Dept. of State. A Stroudsburg polling place will be moved from the assessment office to the mapping room, in the same building that it is in now. Letters will be sent to the voters, and also letters will be sent regarding Pocono 2 and 4 relocating to Our Lady of Victory Church.
The statewide referendum regarding increasing the retirement age of judges from 70 to 75 is still in litigation.
The Department of State will be mailing letters to unregistered voters statewide, with 41,000 going out to Monroe County eligible residents, giving them information on registering to vote. There is an organization named Voter Participation Group which is also mailing letters to anyone eligible to vote but not registered. It is estimated that 5 - 13% respond. Her office has been responding to many phone inquiries.
Chair, Election Board