Another way to alter the government |

Another way to alter the government

Tamara Miller

EAGLE COUNTY – A bill making its way through the state Legislature could give Eagle County more options without converting to a home-rule government.House Bill 1153 would allow any county to elect its commissioners by voters living in the candidate’s district only. Currently, all of the county’s voters elect commissioners, regardless of where in the county the candidate lives.Commissioner Peter Runyon has expressed support for expanding the board to five and electing three by district. As a whole, county commissioners across the state don’t support the bill. “I’ve heard a number of them also talk about when everybody elects a commissioner, everybody feels like they own a little piece of that commissioner,” said Chip Taylor, legislative director for County Commissioners Inc. The organization tracks and assists county commissioners in Colorado.County Commissioners Inc. is opposing the bill. The bill currently is being discussed by a state Senate committee, Taylor said. If it is recommended by the committee, the state Senate will vote on it.Vail, Colorado

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