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9/28/2018 6:32:00 PM
EDITORIAL: Griffith lights way in fight against waste, corruption

Times of Northwest Indiana

riffith voters spoke with a united voice this week, taking advantage of a state law to divorce the town from long-running government corruption and waste.

In all, some 3,360 Griffith voters either visited the Tuesday special election polls or voted early on a question of seceding from the scandal ridden and fiscal-waste-plagued Calumet Township.

That about 98 percent of those voters opted to pull away from an abysmal government entity should encourage anyone who would like to see the Region shed its reputation for government waste and corruption. 

The majority of those voters sent a clear message, taking advantage of a 2012 secession law to break away from the embattled township.

A poor-relief tax rate that by some estimates is nearly 30 times higher than the state average and past criminal acts committed by township trustees proved to be great motivators.

It's one thing just to get angry and grumble about government waste and corruption.

Nearly 30 percent of Griffith's registered voters lodged those complaints by voting to secede.

The number is about twice the town's turnout in previous elections and monumental, considering secession was the only item on the ballot. 

It typically takes a presidential election to post such a turnout.

The entire Region owes Griffith thanks for showing us how to act, rather than sulk, regarding shoddy or corrupt government.

We wish Griffith well as it heads into a new chapter, seeking out a bordering township to call home.

Under state law, Griffith must now court neighboring townships to absorb the municipality.

Any of those contiguous townships — St. John, Ross or North — would be lucky to inherit a thinking, conscientious electorate and the tax revenues that would follow.

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