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Lucas County Officials To Seek Public Dialogue About Reforming County Government

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken, joined by other Lucas County elected officials, will announce the introduction of a resolution to enable a charter county government on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Chambers, One Government Center, 1st Floor.

As Lucas County continues to explore ways to reduce the county budget and create efficiencies, county government reform has become a natural next step. With charter efforts currently underway in Cleveland and Cincinnati, many believe it is the right time for Lucas County to consider structural reform as well.

“In these trying economic times, we owe it to our citizens to explore every way to save money and reduce expenses, including reforming county government,” said Commissioner Gerken. “A charter county government may not be better than our current form, but we owe it to the community to find out.”

Under Ohio law, the Commissioners have the authority to seek voter approval of a charter government commission, a 15-member elected body that will propose a new charter for the county. Commissioner Gerken’s resolution will be placed on the Tuesday, May 25, 2010 agenda for consideration by the full Board.

The draft resolution is attached for further information.

WHAT: Lucas County Seeks Dialogue About County Government Reform

WHEN: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Commissioners Chambers
One Government Center, 1st Floor