Robert Vlietstra recall, Alamo Township, Michigan (2009)
The ballot question is, "Shall Robert Vlietstra be recalled from the office of Alamo Township Supervisor?"
On November 3rd, the attempt to recall Vlietstra was defeated.
Reason for the recall
The "statement of reason" that appears on the ballot says:
Supervisor Vlietstra shall be recalled for causing or recklessly allowing $400,000 in Alamo taxpayer dollars, in 2009, to be at risk while on deposit in a financial institution with no deposit insurance. Justification of Conduct:
- Township finances are audited every year to ensure the safety and proper management of Township monies.
- The Township auditor states many municipalities in Kalamazoo County maintain deposits in excess of the FDIC insurance limits and that the practice is not dangerous. No Alamo Township funds have ever been lost as a result of this practice.
- The Alamo Township practice of maintaining deposits in excess of the FDIC insurance began prior to Supervisor Vlietstra’s taking office in the year 2000.
- During the time Supervisor Vlietstra has been in office, the Township audits verify that Township cash assets have increased from $344,617 (1999) to $589,864 (2008).
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