Edgerton City Hall Constructon Referendum (2009)

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The Edgerton City Hall Construction Referendum appeared on the June 2, 2009 ballot in Edgerton, Wisconsin. The approved referendum allows the city to spend $1.2 million on the construction of a new city hall. Mayor Erik Thompson supported the referendum, which also allows the city to use some of that money to furnish the new building. One reason the proposal was brought up was because of the inadequate facilities of the current 100-year-old city hall.[1][2]

According to Alderman Ken Westby: "I think a lot of people are ashamed to come down here and look at it. They see the picture in the paper and they (think), 'Good God, that's our City Hall,' and they're ashamed of it."

Opponents of the referendum suggest that the summer months are a busy time for people to be worrying about a new facility, stating that a decision should be made in the fall when people are more familiar with the proposal. Also of concern of the people is a slumping economy.

The referendum was approved by a slim margin, with 384 people voting "yes" for a new city hall and 367 people voting "no." A recount was held on June 7, 2009, which yielded the same results as the election.[3]

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