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Proposed Ballot Measure Would Estabish "Home Rule" In Douglas County


A couple of Douglas County residents are hoping to change the way the county’s government works. They’ve filed a home rule charter initiative they hope to get on the November ballot.

Douglas County is currently run by three elected salaried commissioners. The proposed initiative would create a county manager form of government with 5 elected non-salaried commissioners. Suzanne Hall, a former county employee, is one of the petitioners. She’s concerned about the county’s financial troubles and believes this initiative would create a more effective government.
Hall says, “When you’re managing a business that’s in severe financial difficulties as the county is, managing those financial difficulties becomes a really huge job and it leaves some of the other parts out.”
Hall thinks this change would give the county board more time to represent their constituents. The five commissioners would be from specific voting precincts. The initiative has been filed with the Douglas county Clerk. If approved, it would still need 3,000 signatures to qualify for the November 2017 ballot.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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