With corruption running rampant in Adams County government, citizens will have their chance in November 2012 to implement much needed reforms. On the ballot will be a question asking voters to increase the Board of Commissioners to five members from the current three.
Commissioner Erik Hansen forced the Democrat members of the board, Alice Nichol and Skip Fischer, to adopt a series of reforms and proposals. Among the most important is the expansion of the board, a measure that will dilute the power of the few and provide residents with better representation.
The scandals that have rocked county government in recent months have brought to light significant problems starting at the top. Three individuals hold power over the county and that has proven to be too much for them to handle.
Will there be an added cost to the taxpayer to have two additional board members? Yes but look at what having three has cost us. Millions of dollars in stolen funds, mismanagement of county government and elected officials to whom ethics is a foreign concept.
Along with the addition of two commissioners will come increased responsibility for the voters themselves. Citizens simply need to make better choices about who they send to Brighton. We can no longer send people like Alice Nichol and Gil Reyes to represent us.
The survey ordered by the commissioners showed that 84% of respondents were concerned about corruption in the county government. Yet the voters are the ones that put those same, corrupt officials in office.
County and municipal government in our area has been dominated by Democrats for decades and greed and corruption has followed. Changes need to be made, the Adams Family needs to be sent packing, and new blood in the form of elected officials capable of principled leadership need to be selected.
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