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Highlights of the home rule draft

September 02, 2007

A board has suggested that Washington County switch from a commissioner form of government to a charter home rule form. Some highlights of the draft charter:

· A county council would have five members at first, then seven members starting in 2010. Five would run in districts and two would run at large.

· The first council would be the five sitting county commissioners.

· Council members would serve four-year terms.

· The council "may enact public local laws for the peace, good government, health, safety or welfare of the County."

·The council would appoint a chief administrative officer, a county attorney and a clerk of the council. The county would have a finance director, too.

The county's charter board has more information about home rule at www.charterboard.org.

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