Itís Your Charter and Decision Now
This is going to be a pretty short and sweet this week. The Charter Board officially completed its task Tuesday evening by handing over the charter document to the county commissioners, who will advertise it, as is, and post it in the local newspapers prior to the November 6 election.
I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to the staff (John Mathias, Ragen Cherney and Victor Trevala) for all the help and guidance they gave the committee throughout the past 18 months. Without their help and support this process might be far from finished at this point.
The citizens of this wonderful county deserve much praise also, if possible; we actually had charter groupies who came to every meeting, shared their thoughts and had a big part in the makeup of the document. I pray you will take the time to read and become familiar with this 25-page charter in the next couple of months.
Certainly not the least of my praise goes to the amazing group of 11 men and women I was honored to have worked with to produce such a clear and – yes – simple document to move Frederick County forward. It will enable us to choose our own destiny, without the every looming hand of the state dictating our every move.
Government that is closest to its people, in my eyes, is the best and safest form of government. This document does exactly that; and, as an added bonus, allows the options of change as we, Frederick County’s citizens, grow and evolve. No change is allowed in our present form of government. The charter will be reviewed at a minimum of every 10 years. Our first review will be at Year 5 and then it’s council, county executive and (this is the best part) our citizens can offer and initiate amendments to the charter if and when necessary.
Whether you agree or disagree with the initiatives that you’ll find on the ballot this November, you, the voter, will have an opportunity to allow your voice to be heard on items such as the Dream Act, Same Sex Marriage and Congressional Redistricting. This opportunity would not be available if the state wasn’t a charter form of Government. Shouldn’t you have that same opportunity right here in our own county? If you vote YES to charter government in November, that’s exactly what you’ll be giving yourself.
In the next few months there will be ample opportunities offered to learn and discuss the merits of charter government in Frederick County, its many benefits to you as an individual as well as a community. Please take advantage of these opportunities as we continue to explain how this new form of government will effect how things operate in our government. It is change, that’s a given; but it’s a change to better our lives not to stalemate them.
Before parting I want to make three things perfectly clear. There is NO change to our current way of handling our public schools, our sheriff and law enforcement, or our land development. They will continue to operate in just the fashion they do today. With no more authority than the present state or Board of County Commissioners has right this minute.
So, with that I give you the charter document as written and to be voted on in November: Proposed Frederick County Charter.
. . . . .'til next time . . .
“Just Joan” saying, be safe and “don’t believe everything you think.”