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An article Sunday highlighted a group that wishes to amend the county charter to require a referendum for every capital project exceeding $1 million, and to simplify the petition process. This group feels that there is not enough citizen involvement in county government, which I find astonishing.
I chair the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee, which gives citizen feedback to the County Council on the revitalization of White Rock. (And I emphasize that the views I express here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Committee.) Our meetings are open to the public, and we wish more citizens would participate.
There are similar committees for the Trinity improvements and the new municipal building. The county recently adopted a review process for capital improvement projects that emphasizes citizen involvement. The county has also included ordinary citizens on evaluation committees for contractor proposals, an almost unheard-of practice.
In conversations with urban planners from out of state, I’ve found that almost all agree that the level of citizen participation formally mandated in Los Alamos County is beyond anything in their experience.
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