Granby candidate recommends voting against home rule
March 31, 2010
Where is the discussion about GRANBY HOME RULE? Most people I’ve talked to have little understanding of what is going on. I would encourage all Granby voters who are not sure what it is to vote NO on HOME RULE at this time.
As a candidate for the Granby Board of Trustees I would like the voters to consider several items prior to casting your vote. This feels to me like something our local government wants to do “to us” rather than “for us.”
The town of Granby provides some information on their website (www.townofgranby.com) for you to use in your research of this issue, navigate to the home rule tab.
One important additional resource that all voters should read is a report prepared by the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments. The easiest way to find this report is to google “nwccog home rule status study”. Please take the time to read this definitive report on this subject.
Of note is that Granby has entirely missed the “pre commission preparations” section as suggested on page 14, which stresses education of the voters. I ask myself why this important information was not provided by the town. Perhaps they did not want me to read it.
If this is a good idea now, it will be a good idea a year from now. There is no reason to rush through this without input from the electorate. I think we are doing this backwards.
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Let’s have a volunteer commission develop a sample charter, at a prudent pace. The voters can get a feel for it before they commit to spending the additional funds. This can be done with MINIMAL expense to the taxpayer. With the proper information we can then decide if it’s worth investing additional money to develop the many very important legalities.
As this stands now, if we vote yes, we have 120 days to complete our new charter. During this hurry up period we’ll be incurring attorney’s fees and who knows what other types of fees. It’ll be happening throughout the summer, when people understandably will be recreating and less likely to participate in the process.
Good idea – Maybe.
Good for taxpayers – Not necessarily.