Alachua County Discusses Charter Amendment Initiatives
Published June 25th, 2014
Alachua County, FL -- A fundamental debate over how to govern Alachua County rose to the surface once more.
A group of residents pushed commissioners to allow voters to decide whether commissioners should be term-limited. They also want commissioners to be elected from individual districts instead of the entire county.
A group called 'Fix Alachua' wants to put the two initiatives on the November ballot.
Supporters of term limits say it will keep commissioners from becoming career politicians, while supporters of converting the county to single-limit districts say it will allow better representation for the entire county.
"That way you can get the representation that each specific district brings to the table and all county commissioners would then represent all five sections of the county," said Alachua County Commissioner Susan Baird.
Ultimately, commissioners voted to bring back the issue of term limits at a later date and then vote on whether to include it on the November ballot.
It was a three to two vote against further discussions about putting the single-member district initiative on the ballot.
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