I was right, imagine that! Last week, I pointed out that Chair Bob Boyer of the Jefferson County Council wants the council members to be non-partisan and he wants term limits. Why does he want the council to be Non-Partisan? Because he wants to hide behind the Republican party to get elected. As I'm sure everyone knows very few people are interested in the Libertarian (Bob Boyer is a Libertarian) or Constitutional candidates on a ballot and they can't get elected if they try to run under either of those parties. Why would Ken Waller be interested in changing the charter? I would think it's more politically motivated for Executive Waller. He really wants to be able to put laws into place that are more Democrat-based. Bigger government, more taxes, more regulations - need I say more?
After being elected using the Republican party and with the help of his cohort, Ken Waller, Chair Boyer is able to try to get legislation put into place that would make major changes to the charter after only two years of its' existence. These changes are Bill #12-0635, Non-Partisanship for all elected County Officers and sweeping UDO changes (Bill #12-0512) that will cost all residents more money and make it more difficult to get real estate transactions approved. If Boyer gets his way, ALL Jefferson County residents will be affected and if you think it's hard to get anything done in Jefferson County now, you just wait, everything has to go through Planning and Zoning (that's a nightmare in itself) and if you have children or grandchildren that you want to give your property to, it will cost you more and it will be much harder to do.
As far as Term Limits (Bill #12-0638) are concerned, elected officials will get nothing done before they're pulled out of office. I'm not for a politician to be allowed to stay in office for 30 years. Everyone in Jefferson County understands what a mess we're in now with Democrats in office for 30 years, but they must be allowed to have some time to get some good things done. And I mean GOOD THINGS not "boondoggle" bills like the ones Boyer and Waller are trying to get put into place. If you think you can't get them out of office because of money or connections, please remember that Debbie Dunnegan, Recorder of Deeds, beat the Democrat that held that office for 25 years and Charlie Groeteke won his race with only $350 against an establishment Democrat who was in local politics for years and had the monetary backing of the unions.
Please go out to the county website. Look at the council agenda and think about how this legislation will affect your life. We must all be aware of what our elected officials are doing. The antics of the government do matter whether it be on a local basis or a national basis and if they are not monitored, they will reach out and touch your life and most likely, it won't be in a good way.