Home-rule charter group heads to vote | VailDaily.com

Home-rule charter group heads to vote

Cliff Thompson

EAGLE – By a 2-1 vote the Eagle County commissioners Tuesday decided to ask voters for permission to elect an 11-person committee to rewrite the rules of county government. That request, part of converting Eagle County to a “home rule” county, will be on a ballot on or before then next general election.By designating itself home rule, a county has the ability to write its own charter that, among other things, could increase the number of county commissioners from three to five and change the way they are elected. Having five commissioners is one of the issues on which Commissioner Peter Runyon was elected last fall.The discussion to advance the charter study wasn’t without routine partisan sparring between lame duck Republican Tom Stone and Democratic chairman Arn Menconi.”This has been top-down government at its worst,” Stone said. “This is much better formed by a citizen’s initiative. “It’s a solution in search of a problem,” he added. “When citizens see how much this is going to cost … I do look forward to an open an honest debate.”Stone’s dissension prompted Menconi to respond.”I heard from thousands of residents during the election,” he said. “Expanding the number of board members would create better representation.”Menconi shut off further sparring by calling for a vote.Stone quipped afterward to members of the audience: “See how much fun we have here at the Eagle County government?”Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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