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Toward more efficiency

Dear Editor:Ballots are in the mail!By now, many of you have received your ballot for the November election. I’m writing to ask you to vote “Yes” on Eagle County’s Referendum 1A. Referendum 1A is the Home Rule Charter Commission question. There are two parts to the question: first a “yes” or “no” on electing a commission, and second, selection of 11 members to serve on that commission.The actual decision on home rule will be made after the Home Rule Charter Commission researches the options and presents a charter to the County Commissioners, then to the registered voters, to accept or reject. I believe a “yes” vote is in order for the following reasons:1. The best government is that which is responsive to the unique characteristics of its communities. A well-designed home rule charter would allow us to create a structure of government that works best for the citizens of Eagle County. 2. A group of elected volunteers will research options and return a charter to the public for review, within 240 days. It’s a short-term, intensive effort, and the people of the county can accept or reject the charter at a special election which will be held for that purpose.One possible outcome of a Home Rule Charter could be the expansion of the current board of county commissioners from three members to five, with better geographic representation throughout the county. The charter could also allow those commissioners to be elected on a non-partisan basis, as is the case with Town Council members.Voting “yes” on Referendum 1A allows us to look at creating a more efficient and effective county government.I believe this is a positive step for the future of our county, and have put my name in the hat as a candidate for the Home Rule Charter Commission. Please give me a call or e-mail if you’d like to discuss the referendum or my qualifications. Don’t forget to mail those ballots!Kathy Chandler-HenryHome Rule Charter Commission Candidate, District 2Eagle


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