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Questions about who and what we vote for. 
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So I was thinking about the upcoming elections and reading the news etc. I have some thoughts/questions.

1a. Why are so many folks interested in being coroner? This seems like a pretty standard position, not political and not a daily need?

1b. Why is it even an elected position. Why not just appoint a qualified doctor to do the job, with a nominal compensation. Folks are jumping in to serve the community. Seems like it is not about money or power. What is it about?

2. Same question about the clerk? Why is this elected? It is an administrative office, that can only do things one way legally most of the time. Opinions are not part of the job, it is the leader of the county processors. This is not a shot on the work, just that it is not political.

3. Then we have building and planning. With enormous discretionary influence on our lives. Take the 1/2 million in annual revenues plus the $5,000-20,000 in additional costs per house as a result of inspections, failed inspections (amazingly common locally vs. other places), lack of equipment (no ladder) and the code itself..the portapotti alone can be an extra $1000 needed or not. As most folks know, only a full size rented portapotti qualifies (no campers, chem toilets and absolutely no using the neighbor's bathroom or a bucket for that matter). This department alone has more influence on folks budgets than the commissioners ever did. We accept this, not a knock on the job...but why is the dept head and/or the lead inspector not elected? This would make tremendous sense as the theme of inspection can go many different ways and thus can have a annual influence on the local financial situation in the 10's of millions in total for the county.

4. I am tired of hearing about how the elections here are decided in the primaries. If this is really the case, then we need to rid ourselves of these primaries, which really restricts who actually gets to vote on who? Candidates should drop these stupid ass parties, as none of them are really morally tied to them anyway - it is really about marketing. All park county elected officials are repubs, running things like dems (more rules, over budget, fund anything) to the point where park county dems don't even need an agenda. Folks should simply run on core issues - level on in home regulation, level of taxation, level of school funding, for or against balanced budgets...and use specifics of what you will change.

Just some rambling thoughts on some failures of the system, that perpetuate concerns.

Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:49 am
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