Group formed to campaign against charter

March 22, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

About 40 Carroll County residents have formed Citizens Against Big Charter Government to campaign against the proposed charter change in local government.

Voters will decide May 2 if the three-commissioner form of government will remain in Carroll. Two initiatives on the ballot will ask voters whether to expand the commissioner board to five or change to an executive and county council.

The anti-charter group has been meeting for about a month, said Carmen Amedori, who served nearly nine months as chairwoman of the charter-writing board. She resigned in protest a few weeks before the document was completed, saying members had political agendas of their own and their decisions were self-serving.

"I tried to protect the people of Carroll County and build in safeguards, but I was outvoted," Amedori said.

The group's motto will be "Not this charter and not now." The group plans a letter-writing campaign and has set up a Web site on the Internet.

"We want to educate people to what is in charter, how costly it will be in the future and to tell them how to mark their ballots," Amedori said.

Members are not taking a stand on the proposal to expand the board of commissioners.

Pub Date: 3/22/98

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