Patricia Hilton has long had a goal of removing the casino gaming revenue from voter control, always rejected by the voters. This attempt continues. At its last meeting on July 13, 2020, the Tiverton Town Council voted 5-2, (Donna Cook and Nancy Driggs against) to move forward to public hearing post-recall council President Hilton’s proposed ordinance to restrict all revenues from casino gaming into newly established reserve accounts where the town council, not the voters, will determine the allocation of these monies.
This attempt at TC restriction is a bad idea, already rejected three times by the Tiverton voters.
First rejection was when the voters elected the entire slate of nine candidates endorsed by the Tiverton Taxpayers Association (TTA) to the newly formed nine member Charter Review Commission. These candidates ran for the specific purpose of protecting voter control over casino gaming revenue and Hilton and her buddies blocked those CRC proposals from your vote.
Second rejection was in November 2018 when voters elected, as a majority of the new town council, Donna Cook, Robert Coulter, Nancy Driggs and Justin Katz, all of whom ran on a pledge to protect the FTR, and to keep the casino gaming revenue in the general fund for Tiverton voters to allocate in the FTR process. Hilton was a leader of a special recall election to remove Coulter and Katz and put her in control of the council instead.
Third rejection was when the voters rejected Hilton’s ballot question #10 in November 2018, which called for the restriction of casino gaming revenue funds for use only for certain purposes
After abusing the recall process to gain a majority, their shenanigans in their lust for power, now using the pandemic crisis, continues. Beware of this fourth attempt by Hilton and her anti-taxpayer allies to use the COVID-19 crises to restrict casino gaming revenue. Make this the fourth time you demand control over the casino revenue by preventing this Hilton-proposed restriction ordinance from becoming a reality. As Hilton and her buddies scheme for a big tax increase, they want to control the casino revenue themselves!
The only reason Hilton is the current council president and John Edwards V and Steve Clarke are on the council is the Hilton-championed recall sham, and none of the three of them are running for re-election. What a legacy they are attempting to leave the voters.