Several months ago the Town of Warwick Board held public hearings about proposing a “Carry Out Bag” law that would impose a .5 fee for each plastic bag residents used to put their groceries in at supermarkets in the Town of Warwick.
Shortly after the hearings were held, the Board decided they would put the proposed “Carry Out Bag” local law on the ballot as a referendum this November for residents to decide. This decision was recently rescinded. The proposed law will not be on the ballot when voters go to the polls on Tues., Nov. 6.
“We were finally advised through legal counsel and research on the State level that a referendum to impose this was not a legitimate issue to be placed on a referendum,” stated Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton.
In New York State, the Town Board is a representative government elected to represent the people and this was not a subject that could be put on a referendum, so this is being withdrawn. The Town Board feels that this issue should be addressed on a County or State level.