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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 14, 1997
The Carroll County Citizens for Charter Government will collect signatures at several locations this weekend.Volunteers are looking for about 700 more signers to reach their goal of 4,000.A successful petition drive would force the County Commissioners to appoint a board that would write a charter. The charter issue could appear on the ballot as early as November 1998. If voters approved charter, the county government would change from three commissioners to a county executive and council.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1998
The Carroll County Charter Board has finished writing the document that could change local government from three commissioners to an executive and council.The County Commissioners, responding to nearly 5,000 charter petitioners, appointed the nine-member panel in May and gave the board 18 months to write a charter.It took six months to complete the 40-page draft, which borrows language from neighboring jurisdictions and from a 1992 charter initiative that failed at the polls."We have a good framework for the amount of detail that had to be presented," said Hampstead Mayor Christopher M. Nevin, who wrote the draft with New Windsor Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr.The board, which met Thursday for a final edit, made minor changes to the text and voted 5-4 to rescind the requirement of a "supermajority" -- four-fifths of the council -- to enact a property tax increase.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1997
The petition drive aimed at forcing the appointment of a panel to write a county charter has passed the validation process with signatures to spare.The Board of County Commissioners has until April 25 to appoint a board to write a charter. If the charter is approved in a referendum vote -- as soon as the November 1998 ballot -- Carroll's government would change from three commissioners to a county executive and council.The local board of elections took about eight days to review the 4,858 signatures collected during the six months that began in late September.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1997
The leader of Carroll's General Assembly delegation says voters should have only two options for changing the county's form of government on the ballot in the next election.Those options would be yes-or-no choices of a charter government with an elected executive and county council, or expanding the current board of three commissioners to five.But Commissioner Richard T. Yates wants a third choice on the ballot: retaining the three-member board.'No government?'"It is conceivable that all three initiatives would be voted down," said Sen. Larry E. Haines, leader of Carroll's legislative delegation.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 14, 1997
The Carroll County Charter Board will begin meeting weekly )) to hasten the writing of a document that could change local government from three commissioners to a county executive.Chairwoman Carmen Amedori said accelerating the meeting schedule from twice monthly could produce a charter draft by the end of the year. The weekly meetings begin Sept. 25."Weekly meetings will keep the issues fresh in everybody's minds," said Hampstead Mayor Christopher M. Nevin, one of nine board members charged with writing a charter.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1996
Proponents of charter government took their petition drive to South Carroll Saturday, gathering 350 signatures from registered voters, which places them about a quarter of the way toward their goal of 4,000 signatures."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1997
The petition drive aimed at forcing the appointment of a panel to write a Carroll County charter has passed the validation process with signatures to spare.The Board of County Commissioners has until April 25 to appoint a board to write a charter. If the charter is approved in referendum vote -- as soon as the November 1998 ballot -- Carroll's government would change from three commissioners to a county executive and council.The local board of elections took about eight days to review the 4,858 signatures collected during the six months that began in late September.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1997
The document that could change Carroll's government from a three-member board of commissioners to an executive and county council has its first public airing tonight.Residents can review and comment on charter proposals for an elected executive, a county council elected by district, term limits and salaries, at the first of five public hearings at Carroll Community College in Westminster."The [proposals] are only to format the document and give the public a general idea," said Carmen Amedori, who chairs the nine-member board.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff writer | December 4, 1991
Nine Republicans intend to run as a slate in an effort to elect "conservative leaders" and supplant some or all of the county commissioners' appointees on the charter board charged with writing Carroll's constitution.In a news release coinciding with the board's first meeting Monday, Citizens for an Elected Charter Board announced it intends to collect by Dec. 31 approximately 1,650 petition signatures -- 3 percent of the registered voters -- necessary to place the slate ona special election ballot.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 20, 1996
Charter government is gaining support in Carroll County, but advocates remain a long way from obtaining the nearly 3,700 signatures needed to create a charter-writing committee.After meetings in Mount Airy and Westminster this week, 30 residents signed petitions, bringing the total to about 200 -- far from the number needed."I have favored charter for some time as a more orderly way to make decisions," said Frances C. Nyce of Westminster, a recent signer. "It is important to have a written way to conduct county business."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 14, 1997
The Carroll County Charter Board will begin meeting weekly )) to hasten the writing of a document that could change local government from three commissioners to a county executive.Chairwoman Carmen Amedori said accelerating the meeting schedule from twice monthly could produce a charter draft by the end of the year. The weekly meetings begin Sept. 25."Weekly meetings will keep the issues fresh in everybody's minds," said Hampstead Mayor Christopher M. Nevin, one of nine board members charged with writing a charter.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1997
The document that could change Carroll's government from a three-member board of commissioners to an executive and county council has its first public airing tonight.Residents can review and comment on charter proposals for an elected executive, a county council elected by district, term limits and salaries, at the first of five public hearings at Carroll Community College in Westminster."The [proposals] are only to format the document and give the public a general idea," said Carmen Amedori, who chairs the nine-member board.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 23, 1997
The County Commissioners appointed a nine-member board yesterday to write a charter that could change Carroll's government to an executive and county council.Charter supporters collected nearly 5,000 signatures demanding the appointments. The board can take up to 18 months to write a charter, or it could amend a proposed charter that failed at the polls five years ago.Once written, a charter would appear on the ballot, possibly in 1998 along with a newly enacted legislative initiative to expand the Board of Commissioners from three members to five.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1997
The petition drive aimed at forcing the appointment of a panel to write a county charter has passed the validation process with signatures to spare.The Board of County Commissioners has until April 25 to appoint a board to write a charter. If the charter is approved in a referendum vote -- as soon as the November 1998 ballot -- Carroll's government would change from three commissioners to a county executive and council.The local board of elections took about eight days to review the 4,858 signatures collected during the six months that began in late September.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1997
The petition drive aimed at forcing the appointment of a panel to write a Carroll County charter has passed the validation process with signatures to spare.The Board of County Commissioners has until April 25 to appoint a board to write a charter. If the charter is approved in referendum vote -- as soon as the November 1998 ballot -- Carroll's government would change from three commissioners to a county executive and council.The local board of elections took about eight days to review the 4,858 signatures collected during the six months that began in late September.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1997
Carroll County Citizens for Charter Government is concentrating its petition drive in the Westminster area as it makes one final effort to gather signatures this weekend.With 3,890 signatures collected since September, the group has the required minimum -- 5 percent of the 76,001 voters registered in Carroll County -- to force the County Commissioners to appoint a charter-writing board."This is the beginning," said Hampstead Mayor Jonathan S. Herman. "Now we can take off."The group, which has collected more than 1,000 signatures during the past few weeks, wants a 10 percent margin against duplicates or errors.
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By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. and Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer | March 1, 1992
Just what is this "charter thing" awaiting voters on Tuesday's primary election ballot?Supporters and foes of charter don't agree on much, but both sides voiced concern last week that Carroll citizens might be puzzled about what they'll be voting on.Moreover, any confusion surrounding the Carroll charter movement promises to be exacerbated when voters get a look at the 17-name thicket of charter board candidates on the ballot.So activists on both sides of the charter issue were working to spread a similar messagelast week: Tuesday's vote is to pick people to write a charter, not a vote on whether Carroll should have charter government.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 23, 1997
The County Commissioners appointed a nine-member board yesterday to write a charter that could change Carroll's government to an executive and county council.Charter supporters collected nearly 5,000 signatures demanding the appointments. The board can take up to 18 months to write a charter, or it could amend a proposed charter that failed at the polls five years ago.Once written, a charter would appear on the ballot, possibly in 1998 along with a newly enacted legislative initiative to expand the Board of Commissioners from three members to five.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 14, 1997
The Carroll County Citizens for Charter Government will collect signatures at several locations this weekend.Volunteers are looking for about 700 more signers to reach their goal of 4,000.A successful petition drive would force the County Commissioners to appoint a board that would write a charter. The charter issue could appear on the ballot as early as November 1998. If voters approved charter, the county government would change from three commissioners to a county executive and council.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 28, 1997
Organizers of Carroll's fledgling charter government movement say their hopes are getting dimmer by the day.Only a month remains for a dwindling core of volunteers to gather the remaining 1,500 signatures needed to force the County Commissioners to appoint a panel that would write a charter.If successful, charter would change Carroll's government from three commissioners to one executive and a county council.Dan Hughes, volunteer coordinator for Carroll County Citizens for Charter Government, said he is about to ring the death knell for the proposal.
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