Election officials in Madison County are in the process of checking the petitions of a conservative group that wants to limit the amount of taxes collected for the general fund and place the question on the fall ballot. Objections filed by several residents against some signatures on the petitions forced the official review of the documents that began this week.
Those opposing the tax cap are mainly Democrats who say limiting the amount that can be taxed will financially hurt the sheriff’s department and the state’s attorney’s office. A review of the objections forced two new people to be named to the Madison County Electoral Board, after State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons and Circuit Clerk Mark Von Nida recused themselves from the process. Retired Judge James Hackett and former assistant state’s attorney Stephanie Robbins joined Madison County Clerk Debbie Ming-Mendoza on the board and voted 2-1 in favor of the review, with Hackett the lone “no” vote. The process was to have begun on Wednesday, but a technical glitch with computer software forced a delay. The review of around 10-thousand signatures could take about a week.