Ordinance threatens to hamstring future councils

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By The Staff

There’s a noxious odor swirling around a proposed ordinance now pending county council approval. Ordinance No. 555 would give the electorate the opportunity to vote thumb’s up or down on a charter amendment that calls for an annual election on all capital projects of $1 million or more.

Should 555 get the nod from county council May 11, then the proposition will go to the voters in an all-mail ballot Sept. 14. If voters approve the charter amendment, then virtually all capital projects going forward will be subject to an annual election where residents vote yea or nay on each and every item with a price tag over $1 million.

While the roots of this concept may rest in good intentions, it is so fundamentally flawed and ill-conceived that one has to wonder how this has advanced thus far. Passage of 555 by the council and subsequently the voters will virtually guarantee governmental gridlock, and it will most assuredly hamstring future councils who may be able to break through the intransigence of today and exercise the political will needed to move this town forward.

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