I have never thought that most people who are supporting the Home Rule Charter proposal are unscrupulous, or that they might have anything but the best intentions. I just think that they’re being led down a dangerous path.
Those with whom I’ve discussed the proposed charter seem to believe that it is totally benign. They say, “What the heck? It sounds harmless enough. Maybe it’s worth a try.” To those good people, I say, it’s a “pig in a poke.” It is not at all benign. It may in fact turn out to be much more destructive and disruptive to our county than any of us imagine today. So I say, it’s simply not worth the risk.
I see no guarantees that we’ll have greater access, representation or any savings at all. In fact, it appears that we’ll have less access and representation, and we’ll spend more.
The proposed charter was developed without public input or discussion, which concerns me greatly. Because it takes power from the commissioners elected by the people and gives it to an appointed manager, it blurs the line of authority between the departments responsible for public service and the public itself.
This proposed charter will do nothing to address the challenges and issues facing Douglas County, and in fact will ultimately reduce our county's influence and leadership on the most important issues we face. It appears to be a "solution in search of a problem." Please join me in voting "no" on the proposed county charter.