Three is better than seven...
Oct 25, 2012 | 835 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At this moment, Grand County has a seven-person council. Let’s go back to a three-person council with a few changes.

We could maintain the present salary, ($700 per month).

Let’s elect one Democrat, one Republican, and one independent. Like it or not, political affiliation becomes important when dealing with the legislative powers in Salt Lake City.

The council members’ term of office would be staggered in such a way as to only elect one member at each general election, thereby maintaining continuity of experience on the governing board.

The problem some of our citizens had with what they called “good old boy system” was they felt disenfranchised and not represented.

The problem I saw when elected was much more serious. There was too much power in too few hands.

The old system, and the seven-person council is both executive and legislative. Not good.

Let’s move the county administrator to county election, and not have him or her serve at the will of the council, but the will of county citizens.

The council still has control of the purse, so a check and balance is maintained, but the administrator serves the people of Grand County.

The one change that I feel is most important is how we elect. No more districts. Each candidate must run at-large.

If a newly elected has the power to change our very lives, a citizen should be able to vote them in or out.

—Ron Steele


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