Change form of government

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The election can give Aiken County a chance to change its form of government from the current council/administrator to a council/manager. I fully support the referendum to change to council/manager. This is a long-overdue reform, and I’m proud to stand with the county council majority on behalf of this important issue.

Under the current system, there is no oversight of either the county treasurer or the auditor. Voters elect these officers every four years, yet they remain independent of the rest of county government. In a sense, they report to everyone, while they report to no one.

The Aiken County Council is powerless to make changes in these offices. Even worse, if an auditor or treasurer winds up being completely unqualified, there’s no form of redress until the next election. We could have county tax bills and county finances in incompetent hands for up to four years.

A change to the council/manager government would provide the needed oversight beneficial to efficient county government. I support this referendum, and encourage my constituents to vote for it on Election Day.

Sandy Haskell

North Augusta, S.C.

(The writer represents District 5 on the Aiken County Council.)

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OSPREY 11/04/12 - 09:33 am
Aiken County Council has it wrong.

The Aiken County Council members want more power. If they have the right to hire our current elected officials, then they will cause more problems. The citizens will be the ones that hold elected officials accountable. It is much easier to vote in a new candidate than to fire an employee. Look at Augusta... does Aiken County want the headaches they have. Aiken County's system currently works, why change it.

By the way, when Council hires the wrong person for one of these previously elected jobs, we can just change Council members.

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