Call to Action: Optional Forms of Government Public Hearing 1/19
Last night’s Optional Forms of Government study commission meeting was the shortest meeting that just coordinated final details over next week’s public hearing and a little bit of a heated “discussion” by Dave Botting towards Bruce Mattare about his comments regarding the commission when he spoke at last week’s Kootenai County Republican Women’s Federated luncheon.
Let’s not let those heated words overshadow the big news that next week is the public hearing where the study commission HAS to sit and listen to everyone’s comments about this commission’s recommendation.
Here’s where we need your help. Next Wednesday, Jan. 19th is the ONLY time your comments will be heard by the study commission. We need so many to be there that the room, hallway and parking lot fills up and the commission has to stay long past a comfortable time for a meeting. We need to hear your voices! I have personally heard your concerns about this commission and now is your chance to let them know too. We need ALL HANDS ON DECK.
Here’s what the study commission is recommending:
5 county commissioners + a commission manager
No mention on how they expect this to be paid for and no explanation as to why they think there needs to be a change in government when even their own analysis put the current form as the superior form (based on strengths/weaknesses).
Just a quick reminder: the only person interviewed who was adamant about Kootenai County needing a new form of government was the chair of the KC Democratic Party, who wanted bigger government and the opportunity to discuss business behind closed doors without the public.
Below is the table of strengths and weaknesses that they came up with for the current form of government and the one that majority “agreed” to recommend (by a 5-4 vote). I have included ALL strengths and weaknesses; the last few weeks have been discussing whether they are really facts, opinions, everything else.
5 Commissioners with Manager