Saturday, March 15
for all of Jefferson County's residents!
on the Jeffco5 petition to place the question of expanding the board of commissioners
from three to five members on the November 2014 ballot.
Better representation and better government
for Jefferson County in the 21st century!
This is the question: Should the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Jefferson, State of Colorado, be increased from three to five members?
So many reasons why!
- County Government was set up over 100 years ago when this was a rural area ... with ability to increase the number of commissioners to 5 when population exceeds 70,000.
- Jeffco has over 500,000 residents ... nearly as many as the State of Wyoming, 10% of the State of Colorado.
- This is not partisan; it is procedural! It is about transparency, communication, representation, and responsible government.
- Minimal impact to the $476,277,696 budget ... less than a tenth of a percent!
- This could go to the voters in the fall of 2014 if the current Commissioners would pass a Resolution allowing it to go to Ballot!
- Community outreach would be enhanced by a board of 5 ... more eyes and brains on County issues!
- El Paso, Arapahoe, Weld, Pitkin, and Adams have already moved to make this change!
- Open meeting laws state that a quorum of Commissioners may speak to each other only in open meetings that are published. At present, a quorum is two, so two Commissioners are never allowed to talk to each other about issues. With 5 Commissioners, a quorum would be three, so two would be able to ‘talk’!
- Five Commissioners would each represent and be elected by a district of 100,000 ... much better connection to constituents.
- If the Commissioners would agree that this is an issue for voters to decide in the fall election of 2014, redistricting would occur in 2015, by July 1.
You can help bring better representation and better government to Jefferson County!
Lend your support to the Jeffco5 grassroots effort.