Jackson County citizens invited to propose changes to county charter

July 13, 2018 - 4:53 am

Jackson County officials are holding their first public hearing to talk about potential revisions to the county charter.

The charter is a set of rules for running the county government, similar to a state or national constitution. The public hearing begins at 2:30 p.m. Monday in legislative chambers.

County legislator Greg Grounds, who is not seeking reelection, has proposed six revisions. Among his ideas; ethics reform, term limits for legislators and increases in legislator salaries.

"There could be a teacher, a person with a common labor job, others who could never take these positions because you have to pledge poverty," Grounds said. "I wanted to make it so anybody could run."

There are articles that would curtail the county executive's power and return control of COMBAT to the prosecutor's office. COMBAT is an initiative to prevent violence, treat addiction and reduce crime.

The legislature has had public disagreements with county executive Frank White in the past year, but changes are not aimed at any person in particular, Grounds said. Ballot language must be ready in a few weeks for the proposal to go before voters in November.

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