Can we improve our county government? Of course. That means we will make some changes. But not just any old changes.
We, the voters, are being asked to radically change our form of government and we had no say in the proposed “Home Rule” Charter. Do we know who wrote this document? No. Did they allow broad-based citizen input when writing this? No. It was done by a small group, behind closed doors.
If this charter passes, the hired county manager has all administrative powers. The volunteer county commissioners only set policy. Currently we can voice opinions to commissioners and actively participate in the decision-making and public process every Wednesday at commission meetings. Why change that?
The Home Rule proposal clearly allows a board of commissioners, with no law enforcement background, knowledge or training, to dictate what laws our sheriff should or should not enforce.This will restrict our sheriff and undermine our law enforcement agency. Why the change?
Let’s do our research and gain knowledge of what is good in our current government and what needs to be improved. Investigate, ask questions, seek expert help and opinions of people in every community. Don’t be in a rush to make the wrong changes.
Instead of tearing down something that is good and replacing it with a charter that takes away citizen input, spend the time and effort needed to build a better county government. Join me in voting "no" on the proposed Home Rule charter.