YORK – York Mayor Orval Stahr has submitted his defense statement to the county clerk’s office, which will be included on the petitions as circulators seek a recall special election.

Council member Diane Wolfe is seeking the recall of the mayor and she filed that intention on Sept. 19.

The mayor was then given 20 days to provide his official response, which he has now done.

The mayor’s statement is as follows:

“I ran for Mayor because I believe that it is time to do what is right for the taxpayers of the City by controlling City government spending and expanding employment opportunities and the tax base. The accusations made herein have been documented to be false. I will continue to work for economic expansion, balanced budgets and openness in City government.”

Now, the clerk’s office will have the petitions prepared. When they are ready, they will be provided to Wolfe for circulation.

Wolfe has 30 days to collect signatures from registered voters, inside the city limits of York, who agree with her that a mayoral recall should be put to a vote of the people. She will need to collect a minimum of 1,149 signatures to make that happen.

If she does collect enough verified signatures, the matter would then go to a special election in which registered voters in the city would be asked if the mayor should be recalled from office.

Wolfe indicated on Monday that a group of York citizens, who are calling themselves People FOR York, will be assisting her with the circulation of the petitions.

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