Jon Barton, provides, excellent overview. Americans for Responsive, Responsible Government (ARRRG), through petition process, placed on the ballot measure 6-149, The Home Rule Charter.
Jon’s theme, the Charter ties the hands of, “hamstrung with requirements”, government, and restricts quick action. Jon is correct, the Charter takes away the politicians Rubber Stamp. And does not allow a delegation of Authority, such as a County Administrator.
I certainly agree with Jon, the Commissioners will be severely restricted by having to disclose time spent on the job, expenses claimed and detailed records open to the public. Four out of five agreed votes will be necessary to approve the agenda or stop it. And, worst, Commissioners can be held responsible and liable for not following the Charter, and be fined. What is this world coming to?
Of course, transparency issue just flies out the window, so many restrictions in requiring a public vote to move forward, government will slow to a crawl. Just think the public will have to vote on: Contracts, expenditures over $165,000.00, indebtedness exceeding $5,000.00, disposing of assets over $25,000.00, land use issues, Urban Renewal Agency issues, Enterprise Zone consents, Nuisances ordinance, change to Veteran’s Office location, Elected officials salaries and cost of living, non-union. Yes gridlock and slow down could result.
More restriction, documents provided to the public without cost, can,t participate in “green” organizations, and then, changing, modify, or repeal the Charter, just as much time and work would have to go into that process, as has now taken to put it on the ballot.
Yes, I am agreeing with Jon, this Charter is a restrictive, slowing down process. But, creating transparency, resulting in accountability, liability, and responsibility from our County Government. And thus, involvement of the voters of Coos County, are you up to the task?
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