Wake up Frederick County, BIG changes are coming!
A Charter form of local government is not necessarily a bad idea. In fact, several years ago John L. “Lennie” Thompson Jr. (Republican) created a 1-page Charter that accomplished everything good that a charter can provide without growing government and concentrating power in a single position (THE County Executive). You can view Lennie’s Charter here.
The “Draft” Charter is 25-pages long. It is heading for ballot on November 6th. Even though most of what is described in the 25-pages might be fine, there are several sections that are seriously troubling. If this passes, get ready for BIG changes.
Update: August 7, 2012… no longer a “Draft” Charter. As of today it is the “Proposed Frederick County Charter“… and it is 28-pages long. As far as I can tell the extra pages are mostly formatting changes. The same troubling issues are still in the document.
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Ever wonder why the U.S. tax code grew to over 72,500 pages? I suspect that the complexity is not to the benefit of the average taxpayer.