Darin Taylor recall, Middleton, Idaho (2012)
An effort to recall Darin Taylor from his position as mayor of Middleton, Idaho, was launched in September 2012. The recall effort fell short in November 2012. Taylor became mayor in 2011, receiving 375 votes.
Reasons for recall
A group called the Concerned Citizens of Middleton was behind the recall effort. Recall supporters accused Taylor of misconduct, alleging that he held secret meetings outside the City Council’s authority, wasted taxpayer dollars and hired unqualified people. The Concerned Citizens of Middleton claimed that Taylor spent funds before taking office, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in public monies that were not budgeted, regularly makes substantive changes, involving the late addition of controversial issues, to the City Council agenda after it has been posted for the public, extends favors to his friends and business acquaintances, acts questionably in regards to his continued appointments and salaries of city staff, and that Taylor has declared himself planning and zoning director and acting public works director. An investigation by the Ada County Prosecutor's Office found that Taylor had not acted criminally.
In response to the recall effort against him, Taylor said:
“It sounds like the new release (issued Tuesday by the recall effort) contains many, if not all, of the same allegations as before, which the (Ada County) Prosecuting Attorney has reviewed thoroughly and determined there is no illegal activity going on. Many of the practices they allege are erroneous or incorrect or unethical are common in local governments. For example, amending agendas — governments do that all the time to accommodate late-coming information. We know some individuals signed the petition twice, and some are not city residents. By some reports petitioners ... gave false information to be more persuasive at the door when requesting signatures. I support the democratic process but cannot condone the deception used by the petitioners. Despite the petitioners’ distractions, I have moved forward steadily to improve Middleton’s reputation of friendliness and fairness, customer services, to eliminate wasteful spending, balance the budget, not raise taxes, bring more jobs and businesses to town, and remove unnecessary regulations.”
Path to the ballot
In November 2012, recall organizers announced that they had collected enough signatures to force a recall election. At least 519 signatures were necessary to force a recall election; recall supporters submitted 583 signatures. Signatures were submitted to the city on November 19. The city had 15 days to verify the signatures. The city found that 417 of the submitted signatures were valid, meaning that recall organizers were 102 signatures short of the minimum requirement. If enough signatures had been validated, a special recall election would have taken place on March 12, 2013.
- Idaho Press-Tribune, "Middleton recall petition gets required signatures," November 21, 2012
- Idaho Press-Tribune, "Middleton group looks to recall Mayor Darin Taylor," September 5, 2012
- Idaho Statesman, "Effort to recall Middleton mayor falls short," November 28, 2012
- Idaho Press-Tribune, "Middleton mayor’s actions not criminal," November 17, 2012
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