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The System Can Work!

After three years of drafting petition initiative language for two different petition initiatives, going door-to-door for gathering signatures, combing through local, state, and federal red-tape, and promoting the efforts through the press, I have finally been able to put enough pressure on my local village government to get them to back down on taxes and give a chance for residents to vote on issues. Over the past four years council has forced their will on the people, while the people were screaming for a voice in the matter.

Many hours of blood, sweat, and tears were shed in this effort. I was even attacked by a dog during gathering signatures for this petition initiative, but in the end it was a success.

This was a mere four years of my life. People like Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, Adam Kokesh, and Alex Jones have devoted decades of their life for the pursuit of liberty and spreading the truth about government and their mishandlings of pretty much everything. They are a true inspiration to me and hopefully their efforts, along with the story of my recent efforts, will help to motivate others.

Don't give up. Don't ever give up. No matter what bad press is thrown your way. No matter how many people tell you that you are wasting your time. No many how many accuse you of being obsessive. No matter how many people try and convince you to accept the force of government. Don't give up. Don't ever give up.

http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2013/07/22/news/nh728301...

From the story -
"It won't be confirmed by the Lake County Board of Elections for a few days, but voters in Perry Village are likely to tackle two income tax issues Nov. 5.

The first ballot issue was created through a petition drive with 102 signatures gathered.

The second was approved Sunday at a special meeting of Perry Village Council.

The latest issue asks voters to increase the village's income tax from 1 percent to 2 percent in hopes of recovering revenue lost if the petition-driven ballot issue is approved Nov. 5.

The other ballot issue asks voters to reinstate a 100 percent income tax credit for residents paying 1 percent or more to the municipality in which they work outside the village.

The leader of that ballot initiative and petition drive, Tim Gandee, has said he wants the tax credit returned because council members in November 2009 unfairly eliminated it by passing an ordinance without necessary public input."

Here is a bit of history behind the efforts and press related to the petition initiatives;

Perry Village voters might face income-tax issue – July 31, 2010 - http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2010/07/31/news/doc4c52f...

Perry Village voters might face income-tax issues – October 12, 2010 - http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2010/10/12/news/doc4cb4a...

Proposed Perry ballot issue being reviewed – October 20, 2010 - http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2010/10/20/news/nh318171...

This is where the first ballot initiative was shot down due to a technicality of not turning in the petition verbiage prior to the gathering of signatures. I learned a great deal through my first failure.

These articles re-cap the second successful effort.

Perry Village group seeking to put referendum on ballot to restore income tax exemption - June 5, 2013 - http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2013/06/05/news/doc51ae0...

Perry Village battles income tax credit initiative – July 12, 2013 - http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2013/07/12/news/nh724727...

Perry mayor upset over YouTube videos made from village recordings – July 16, 2013 - http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2013/07/16/news/nh726071...

Perry Village Council to put income tax increase on ballot to combat tax credit initiative – July 22, 2013 - http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2013/07/22/news/nh728301...



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