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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 19, 1996
Carroll County's eight mayors have asked the Board of County Commissioners to appoint a charter government committee, and they want an answer by Friday.The municipal leaders say charter government would mean an elected executive and county council, more autonomy and less reliance on the state legislative delegation."It was unanimous that we ask the County Commissioners to appoint a charter government committee," the mayors wrote in a letter sent to the commissioners Thursday."There has always been a groundswell for charter government; it's always in the background," said Mount Airy Mayor Gerald R. Johnson.
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March 8, 1998
Charter panel did a fine job of dodging obstaclesThe citizens of Carroll County owe the members of the charter committee a large debt of gratitude. The committee overcame determined opposition from the county commissioners and many other obstacles to deliver a practical and equitable charter in only nine months.The panel recognized the major flaws in the first charter and eliminated them. To many people, the idea of not being able to cast a direct vote for the county executive reminded them of closed-door, political deal-making where the executive would be beholden to the council members who supported his or her nomination.
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NEWS
May 24, 1996
TODAY IS THE DEADLINE set by mayors of Carroll County's eight towns for the Board of Commissioners to decide whether to appoint a charter-government committee.Rather than an ultimatum or a political power showdown, the deadline was set by the mayors to prod a prompt decision so that this important issue could go before county voters this November. If the commissioners decline to appoint a committee to draft a charter for the ballot, the mayors insist that a petition drive will soon collect the required 3,600 signatures and force the commissioners' hand in any case.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 16, 1996
Carroll's fledgling charter government movement could get a boost tomorrow night. At meetings in Westminster and Mount Airy, proponents will discuss the advantages of a government led by a county executive and council.Through the summer, fewer than 100 people signed petitions that would lead to the appointment of a charter committee, the first step in the process that would change the county's commissioner form of government.The problem, charter proponents say, is that no one was explaining the proposal or asking anyone to sign the papers placed at all eight town halls in the county two months ago."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 19, 1996
Carroll County's eight mayors have asked the Board of County Commissioners to appoint a charter government committee, and they want an answer by Friday.The municipal leaders say charter government would mean an elected executive and county council, more autonomy and less reliance on the state legislative delegation."It was unanimous that we ask the County Commissioners to appoint a charter government committee," the mayors wrote in a letter sent to the commissioners Thursday."There has always been a groundswell for charter government; it's always in the background," said Mount Airy Mayor Gerald R. Johnson.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 16, 1996
In 1973, Talbot County became the eighth county in Maryland to switch from commissioner to charter government. In the 23 years since, other counties have tried to make the change, only to have it rejected by voters.Now, frustrated with the lack of autonomy, hassles with legislative delegations and impasses in local decision-making, voters in Carroll, Caroline and Cecil counties are talking charter again."Charter is a better way to run a business, with an executive rather than a committee making decisions," said Oakley A. Sumpter Jr., a Cecil County commissioner.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1996
The men who revived the idea of charter government in Carroll County have decided to leave the rest of the work to the League of Women Voters.The county's eight mayors renewed the charter movement when they unanimously asked the County Commissioners last month to appoint a charter committee. The commissioners declined the request, 2-1, saying a petition drive would more accurately reflect public sentiment for charter.Signatures from 5 percent of the 71,000 registered voters would keep the charter issue alive, but the work involved probably ends any possibility that voters would see the issue on the November ballot.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1996
The men who revived the idea of charter government in Carroll County have decided to leave the rest of the work to the League of Women Voters.The county's eight mayors renewed the charter movement when they unanimously asked the County Commissioners last month to appoint a charter committee. The commissioners declined the request, 2-1, saying a petition drive would more accurately reflect public sentiment for charter.Signatures from 5 percent of the 71,000 registered voters would keep the charter issue alive, but the work involved probably ends any possibility that voters would see the issue on the November ballot.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 26, 1996
The Board of County Commissioners, deflecting pressure from Carroll's mayors, will not appoint a committee to draft charter government unless voters petition them.The commissioners voted 2-1 during a closed meeting Thursday to reject a request from the county's eight mayors to form a charter committee. That request came in a letter dated May 16; the mayors asked the commissioners to reply within eight days."When you have eight mayors from every corner of the county unanimously asking you to take a look at charter, why not look at it?"
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 14, 1996
A petition that would force the County Commissioners to appoint a charter committee has 45 signatures, gathered Thursday at a meeting of Solutions for a Better South Carroll.Members of the community activist group are confident of success, even though they must collect 3,460 more signatures from registered voters over the next six months before the commissioners will take action on the renewed charter effort."I have no doubt that we will far exceed that number," said Carolyn Fairbank, a Solutions member and volunteer on the 1992 Citizens for Charter committee.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 14, 1996
A petition that would force the County Commissioners to appoint a charter committee has 45 signatures, gathered Thursday at a meeting of Solutions for a Better South Carroll.Members of the community activist group are confident of success, even though they must collect 3,460 more signatures from registered voters over the next six months before the commissioners will take action on the renewed charter effort."I have no doubt that we will far exceed that number," said Carolyn Fairbank, a Solutions member and volunteer on the 1992 Citizens for Charter committee.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1996
The men who revived the idea of charter government in Carroll County have decided to leave the rest of the work to the League of Women Voters.The county's eight mayors renewed the charter movement when they unanimously asked the County Commissioners last month to appoint a charter committee. The commissioners declined the request, 2-1, saying a petition drive would more accurately reflect public sentiment for charter.Signatures from 5 percent of the 71,000 registered voters would keep the charter issue alive, but the work involved probably ends any possibility that voters would see the issue on the November ballot.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1996
The men who revived the idea of charter government in Carroll County have decided to leave the rest of the work to the League of Women Voters.The county's eight mayors renewed the charter movement when they unanimously asked the County Commissioners last month to appoint a charter committee. The commissioners declined the request, 2-1, saying a petition drive would more accurately reflect public sentiment for charter.Signatures from 5 percent of the 71,000 registered voters would keep the charter issue alive, but the work involved probably ends any possibility that voters would see the issue on the November ballot.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 16, 1996
In 1973, Talbot County became the eighth county in Maryland to switch from commissioner to charter government. In the 23 years since, other counties have tried to make the change, only to have it rejected by voters.Now, frustrated with the lack of autonomy, hassles with legislative delegations and impasses in local decision-making, voters in Carroll, Caroline and Cecil counties are talking charter again."Charter is a better way to run a business, with an executive rather than a committee making decisions," said Oakley A. Sumpter Jr., a Cecil County commissioner.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 12, 1996
Supporters of charter government say Carroll officials -- including the County Commissioners, the county attorney and the board of elections -- are doing everything possible to keep a charter referendum off the November ballot."
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 26, 1996
The Board of County Commissioners, deflecting pressure from Carroll's mayors, will not appoint a committee to draft charter government unless voters petition them.The commissioners voted 2-1 during a closed meeting Thursday to reject a request from the county's eight mayors to form a charter committee. That request came in a letter dated May 16; the mayors asked the commissioners to reply within eight days."When you have eight mayors from every corner of the county unanimously asking you to take a look at charter, why not look at it?"
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 16, 1996
Carroll's fledgling charter government movement could get a boost tomorrow night. At meetings in Westminster and Mount Airy, proponents will discuss the advantages of a government led by a county executive and council.Through the summer, fewer than 100 people signed petitions that would lead to the appointment of a charter committee, the first step in the process that would change the county's commissioner form of government.The problem, charter proponents say, is that no one was explaining the proposal or asking anyone to sign the papers placed at all eight town halls in the county two months ago."
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 12, 1996
Supporters of charter government say Carroll officials -- including the County Commissioners, the county attorney and the board of elections -- are doing everything possible to keep a charter referendum off the November ballot."
NEWS
May 24, 1996
TODAY IS THE DEADLINE set by mayors of Carroll County's eight towns for the Board of Commissioners to decide whether to appoint a charter-government committee.Rather than an ultimatum or a political power showdown, the deadline was set by the mayors to prod a prompt decision so that this important issue could go before county voters this November. If the commissioners decline to appoint a committee to draft a charter for the ballot, the mayors insist that a petition drive will soon collect the required 3,600 signatures and force the commissioners' hand in any case.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 19, 1996
Carroll County's eight mayors have asked the Board of County Commissioners to appoint a charter government committee, and they want an answer by Friday.The municipal leaders say charter government would mean an elected executive and county council, more autonomy and less reliance on the state legislative delegation."It was unanimous that we ask the County Commissioners to appoint a charter government committee," the mayors wrote in a letter sent to the commissioners Thursday."There has always been a groundswell for charter government; it's always in the background," said Mount Airy Mayor Gerald R. Johnson.
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