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By LeAnn R. Ralph
TOWN OF NEW HAVEN — Two referendum questions on the ballot for the Town of New Haven and the Town of Spring Brook on the November 6 ballot pertaining to appointing the clerk and/or treasurer had opposite results.
In the Town of New Haven, voters approved allowing the New Haven Town Board to appoint the town clerk.
Town treasurer was not part of the question in the Town of New Haven referendum.
According to unofficial results posted on the Dunn County Clerk’s website, voters in New Haven approved allowing the town board to appoint the clerk on a vote of 153 “yes” to 113 “no” votes.
The Dunn County Board of Canvass was scheduled to meet November 13 to canvass and certify the results of the November 6 election.
The question on the ballot in the Town of New Haven read, “Shall the person holding the office of town clerk in the Town of New Haven be appointed by the town board?”
Voters in the Town of Spring Brook voted “no” on a referendum question asking if the town clerk and the town treasurer should be appointed by the Spring Brook Town Board.
According to unofficial results posted on the Dunn County Clerk’s website, a total of 436 “no” votes were cast, compared to 337 “yes” votes.
The question on the ballot in the Town of Spring Brook read, “Shall the person holding office of Town Clerk in the Town of Spring Brook and the person holding the office of Town Treasurer in the Town of Spring Brook be appointed by the Town Board?”
In addition to the Town of New Haven now appointing the clerk and electing the treasurer, two other townships in Dunn County, the Town of Colfax and the Town of Grant, also appoint the clerk and elect the treasurer.
Five townships in Dunn County — the Town of Otter Creek, the Town of Red Cedar, the Town of Sherman, the Town of Stanton and the Town of Tainter — have combined the clerk and treasurer into one position, and the town board appoints the clerk-treasurer.
The remaining 14 townships in Dunn County elect the clerk and elect the treasurer.
Representatives for townships that have switched to appointing the clerk or combining the positions and appointing the clerk-treasurer, say they were concerned whether qualified candidates would run for election or whether anyone at all would come forward to be on the ballot.