THE CLARK COUNTY CHARTER
The elected Freeholders have created a visionary, bipartisan Charter to modernize the government style of Clark County. This change is good. It brings Clark County forward from the 1890's-conceived form of original county government to 21st century standards. Read a background on our current government form.
The new charter re-establishes some necessary basics for our county:
It separates the executive, legislative, and judicial parts of government to produce desired checks and balances between the powers of our local government.
It creates a County Executive position. That person is still appointed by the Board of Commissioners , but cannot be interfered with by them.
It establishes a Commissioner board of 5 members, rather than the current 3. All commissioners salaries will be reduced to spend the same for 5 as the current 3 commissioners.
Four commissioners will be elected from each of their districts. The fifth will be elected county-wide and be the Board Chair.
A system of Initiatives and Referendums will be created to allow a fair path for citizens to place issues on the ballot.
It's been made clear by the actions of the current commissioner board that the old style of government is inadequate in representation of the people and in adequately controlling the actions of the commissioners. Adoption of the charter is necessary to provide good government for Clark County. Adoption of the Charter is not a radical thing to do, in fact, adoption of the Charter will help prevent some of the radical behavior we have witnessed in the last 1-2 years. Vote Charter Yes! in November.