Monday, June 20, 2011

Term limits meeting scheduled

Posted by on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 3:57 PM

If you have something to say about El Paso County's term limits measures, you can say your piece at a public meeting on Monday, June 27.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department hearing room, 2880 International Circle. The room holds about 200, not as many as Centennial Hall, at 200 S. Cascade, which has a capacity of 291 and was the first choice of people wanting term limits on the ballot in November.

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The other difference between the two meeting rooms is where commissioners are seated. At Centennial Hall, which has theater seating, the commissioners are down below, with seats rising above them. At Regional Building, commissioners sit on the dais, which is raised above the audience seating.

In any event, this is the much ballyhooed public meeting where commissioners will gauge public sentiment on the ballot measures from last fall that asked if commissioners and other county elected officials should be "limited" to three terms. Voters, by nearly two to one, OKed the measures, extending the time that county officials can serve by a third, four-year term.

Some voters have said they were fooled and thought they were voting to restrict terms, not expand them.
Springs Unigroup, a citizen-based organization, is pushing for commissioners to give voters a second shot by resubmitting the term limits questions this November.

Under the measures already approved, Commissioners Dennis Hisey and Sallie Clark could seek their third terms in 2012.

Mark the date: June 27, 6:30 p.m.

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