Proposal One (or Prop 1) is the Fair & Equal proposition, which would eliminate the system of weighted voting in the Common Council by redrawing the ward boundaries to create five voting districts of equal population.
Gossips has written often about the inequity of the weighted vote and about the Fair & Equal initiative. If you are still not decided, click here to learn more about the problem of the weighted vote and the proposal--Proposal One--that offers a solution to the problem.
Proposal Two would establish a Service Award Program for our volunteer firefighters. The program works like a defined contribution pension plan. Every year, the City would contribute $700 into a Service Award Program account for each active and qualifying member of the Hudson Fire Department.
The Hudson Fire Department has been an all volunteer department since its beginning in 1794. The Service Award Program would be a reward for dedicated service as well as an incentive to help retain volunteers who are already trained as firefighters and recruit new volunteers to the department.
To learn more about the program, click here to read the resolution passed by the Common Council to bring the proposal to referendum.
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