Recall signatures turned in

Bethany Miller (right) and Jack Allemang turned in signatures Tuesday morning in the recall attempt of Antelope County Commissioners Tom Borer and Allan Bentley. 

Petitioners had 30 days to collect signatures for a recall attempt against two Antelope County Commissioners.

Turns out, they didn’t need half that time — if all of the signatures collected are verified as being of not only registered voters but residents of their respective districts.

While commissioners Tom Borer and Allan Bentley attended Tuesday’s meeting at the courthouse in Neligh, petitioners Bethany Miller and Jack Allemang were just across the hallway turning in the signatures needed to move forward with a special election that will allow the voters in their districts to decide whether Borer or Bentley will be removed from office. 

Both men were elected last November and took office in January, and both have been accused of mismanagement of county funds and mistreatment of county officials. Bentley has also been accused of “sending residents texts with false information and blaming those messages on alcohol consumption.”

For Borer to be placed on the recall ballot, 203 valid signatures from District 5 are necessary. On Tuesday, Miller turned in 305 signatures. For Bentley, 135 signatures are needed from District 3. Allemang turned in 231 signatures. 

County Clerk Lisa Payne will verify each signature to determine if petitioners have collected the necessary number required for a special election this fall. Per state statute, a special election can occur between 50-80 days after the official is notified that the petitioners met the number of signatures required.

Miller filed the recall affidavit against Borer, alleging “mismanagement of county funds; spending money on an outside attorney after a State Patrol investigation. Misappropriation of taxpayer dollars for unnecessary expenses, including poorly timed projects. Mistreatment of elected officials, including waging public wars, refusing to allow them to speak and making unethical comments towards other officials.”

Borer’s response was, “All accusations against me are false; brought about by people with questionable motives. One commissioner cannot make financial, policy or other decisions alone. There is discussion on the topics and majority vote rules. The chairman is responsible for running orderly meetings and following the open meeting laws, all elected officials need to follow this law.”

Allemang filed the recall affidavit against Bentley, alleging “mismanagement of county funds; spending money on an outside attorney after a State Patrol investigation. Misappropriation of taxpayer dollars for unnecessary expenses, including poorly timed projects. Sending residents texts with false information and blaming those messages on alcohol consumption. Mistreatment of elected officials, including waging public wars, refusing to allow them to speak and making unethical comments toward other officials.”

Bentley’s response was, “All allegations against me are false. No single commissioner makes any policy or financial decision, must always be majority vote. Investigation uncovered several thefts by county official; actually saved county thousands in back wages. This recall appears to be an attempt to undo recent election results, so by law three people: county clerk, treasurer and attorney can handpick new commissioners.”

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