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T.U.D. Members Served Recall Papers

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Sonora, CA — Three members of the Tuolumne Utilities District have officially been served recall notices.

Proponents hoping to recall members Barbara Balen, Robert Behee and Delbert Rotelli filed the needed 20 plus signatures to the Tuolumne County Elections Office, and also notified the board members directly about their intent to call for a special election.

Tuolumne County Elections Official Debi Russell says the T.U.D. board members now have seven days to file an appeal in writing. The next step would then be for the proponents to gather 5,600 signatures needed for a recall election.

The proponents that dropped off the papers to the Elections Office are Michael Sarno and John Richardson. The T.U.D. board members that are being targeted have come under scrutiny regarding potential rate increases that the district has discussed at recent meetings.

The proponents would have to return the 5,600 signatures (20 percent of the T.U.D. voting public) to the elections office within 120 days. The T.U.D. Board would then have to make a decision about which date to hold the special election. Russell notes that legally it would have to be after 88 days, and no later than 128 days.