10 years ago in Lacey

June 17th, 2021 by Ken

Direct from the pages of “Ken’s Corner & The Real News from 10 years ago.)

Supporters of a Home Rule Charter for Thurston County government contend that the current county government structure is not representative of the entire county particularly the unincorporated areas.  (All three county commissioners live in the urban area.)  The current county government lacks clarity of action and does not represent the views a those who live in the rural areas.

A Home Rule Charter would have to be placed on the ballot by the county commissioners and approved by the voters.  If a Home Rule Charter was approved, then a freeholders election would be held.  Those elected representative would then draft a new charter which would have to be approved by the voters.

There have been three previous efforts to adopt a Home Rule Charter since 1979, all of which have failed.

How does this impact us today

Again the mummer is starting that the current make-up of county government is ineffective.  While there is no organized effort to change county government, its obvious that three county commissioners cannot adequately do the job necessary for a county of nearly 300,000 residents.

The commissioners recognize that they need to expand the commission, but so far no one has stepped forward to lead the effort.  The current process is cumbersome and bureaucratic.  Once the county has more than 300,000 resident the process is somewhat easier.

All we need to do, to move forward, is to generate enough population to exceed the 300,000 mark – – and find someone who is willing to lead the effort.

As far as I’m concerned, we should move forward as soon as we can.

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