With Monday, July 16, being the deadline for turning in enough signatures to qualify for the November election, the effort to put the recall of Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Director Kathy Otermat before the voters has failed.
Bob Villalobos, who is one of the leaders of the recall movement, said they counted signatures over the weekend and were “substantially short” of the number needed. He declined to state the total number of signatures gathered.
“I’m somewhat disappointed,” he said. “The initial response was good, but it petered out after a while.”
But he said he was heartened by the fact that the number of people voting for Otermat’s recall was higher than the number voting against the proposed fee increase to pay for the retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant.
Last month the group reported they had between 1,300 and 1,600 signatures. They needed 1,780 signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.
“Well over half the people we talked to have no clue what was going on,” he said. “We had to spend time explaining it to people. A lot of them had a ‘Who cares attitude?’ ”
Villalobos said they had 16 to 20 people collecting signatures, but they needed more for the effort to be successful. “If we do it again, we’ll have a different way of attacking it,” he said. “We’ll spend more time educating people first.”
Villalobos said he planned to contact the county Elections Department on Monday afternoon and inform them that they didn’t have enough signatures to qualify the recall for the election this fall.
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