Our View: Steinburg should trust commissioners on 4-2-1 plan

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We’re encouraged that two of our area’s three state lawmakers have expressed support for Pasquotank commissioners’ request for state legislation changing the county’s method of electing commissioners, and have done so without dictating that the bill include a potentially disastrous countywide referendum.

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New elected officials.

If elected officials think they know better than the people themselves through referendum vote, it's time to get new elected officials.

the will of the people

The legislators were elected to do the people's business. It is apparent the DA would like to disregard the will of the people and just ram something down our throats. I will make the local Republican Party's position clear. We expect the elected officials to do the job they were elected to do. They represent ALL the people not just the small few who strive to change things with behind the scenes good ole boy politics. Pete gilbert

The 4-2-1 plan was presented

The 4-2-1 plan was presented to the commissioners in 2012 and in April 2012 the board decided not to request then legislator Bill Owens to present to the General Assembly. In the summer of 2013 several public forums were held on the 2-2-2-1 plan, which would achieve the same as the 4-2-1 plan. Implementation of the 2-2-2-1 plan would have required a resolution by the County Commissioners and a voter referendum. NCGS 153A-60 required a voter referendum. § 153A-60. Initiation of alterations by resolution. The board of commissioners shall initiate any alteration in the structure of the board by adopting a resolution. The resolution shall: (1) Briefly but completely describe the proposed alterations; (2) Prescribe the manner of transition from the existing structure to the altered structure; (3) Define the electoral districts, if any, and apportion the members among the districts; (4) Call a special referendum on the question of adoption of the alterations. The referendum shall be held and conducted by the county board of elections. The referendum may be held at the same time as any other state, county or municipal primary, election, special election or referendum, or on any date set by the board of county commissioners, provided, that such referendum shall not be held within the period of time beginning 60 days before and ending 60 days after any other primary, election, special election or referendum held in the county. Upon its adoption, the resolution shall be published in full. (1927, c. 91, s. 4; 1969, c. 717, s. 1; 1973, c. 822, s. 1; 1977, c. 382.) Obviously, the ground effect from these public forums did not indicate enough interest in the 2-2-2-1 plan and the powers that be thought it may not pass with the required voter referendum. So on the August night 2013 when the Daily Advance had indicated a vote would be taken on the 2-2-2-1 plan - the commissioners did a bait and switch to the 4-2-1 plan. Why the 4-2-1- plan? The county commissioners cannot vote on a resolution for the 4-2-1 plan because it is in effect "illegal" . The 4-2-1 plan required a "super district" not allowed by law, but could possibly be granted from the General Assembly. It's very disturbing that our paper would support an end run around democracy. Betsy Meads

Senator Cook

is a Republican and should support the local Republican party by calling for a referendum by the voters on this 4-2-1 plan. He will lose many Republican votes with his his support of the Democrats if the DA statement is true.

The staff is telling us

Pasquotank would vote in a disastrous way. Well let's see, they voted for Obama and Butterfield. Maybe there is something to the statement they made.

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