Should city of Janesville go to referendum?
When local politicians propose referendums to avoid making hard choices, The Gazette Editorial Board typically opposes the idea of such votes.
After all, we elect leaders to represent our best interests and make decisions for us. Go ahead and do so, we’d reason. Make the tough call. Elected officials have all the details and should see the big picture better than the average resident.
Now, Councilmen Jim Farrell and Sam Liebert suggest that a referendum on the April ballot could give the council direction: Do Janesville residents want to reduce services or will they accept higher taxes?
Is this case different than most? Is going to a referendum in this case a good idea?
We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Wednesday.