The Times-Independent and several letter writers have correctly pointed out that Grand County Propositions 1 and 2 are “half-baked.” How they would be implemented is completely unknown at this time. While that is reason enough to vote against them, everyone should also consider the long-term consequences if they were to pass.
These measures would concentrate more power into the hands of fewer people, and all of those people could live in the same general area. Consider this situation: If you lived on the west side of Moab-Spanish Valley, in the path of a proposed truck by-pass or freeway, would you be “happy” if all of the county councilmen lived in homes or condos out around the Golf Course; or up in Kayenta Heights or Navajo Ridge? I don’t think you would.
The current form of government, with districts, ensures that at least one county councilman will live in the same part of the county that you do, and that they will be impacted by the same situations that impact you in your neighborhood. This is a good system; it means that your representative, from your district, truly does understand your situation because he is in the same situation. That person can better represent your interests on the council. We should keep this system in place.