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In search of common ground

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Committee, petitioners have no fixed ideas

By Roger Snodgrass

The outcome was still fluid, but the petitioners and the Charter Review Committee began talking to each other on another level Monday.

For one thing, they began exploring on what terms citizens might participate in the approval process for major expenditures, a role they can be currently denied when the projects are paid for by gross receipts taxes.

Meanwhile, Ellen Walton, Robert Pelak and others in the reformist camp explained the rationale behind some of their positions, suggesting a willingness to rework the language to take into account practical concerns that have been raised since then.

There was general agreement about the practical value of voting on issues, even if the votes were advisory in some cases.

Many of the county’s most difficult decisions and their peculiarities and lessons learned — from the zoning of Rendija Canyon in the 80s to the roundabout issue on Diamond Drive, to the Skate Park and the Justice Center — were brought up and examined again.

There weren’t any breakthroughs on how to address the dissatisfaction expressed in the charter amendments the petitioners had proposed.

Former county councilor Jim Hall noted at one point that there were still no fixed ideas.


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