MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday voted 2-1 to ask the West Virginia Legislature to essentially allow county voters to decide whether to increase the governing three-member panel to five members.
County Commissioner Ronald K. Collins said he was not opposed to voters having input, but was against the expansion idea altogether.
"I'm just against the concept of even bringing up five," Collins said.
The request, adopted in a formal resolution format, was expected to be faxed by 10 a.m. today to the clerks of the state Senate and House of Delegates in advance of a deadline to amend Senate Bill 740 introduced on Monday by state Sen. John Unger.
The government's name would change to Berkeley County Council if county voters in the November general election approve the addition of two commissioners, who would take office in January 2011.