Monday, April 27, 2009

Lucas County and Regionalism

There is much talk of regionalism, the advantages, the need, the importance for growth. Those who so often profess the need for regionalism could create true regionalism in Lucas County.

Due to the imbalance of population in Lucas County, it is virtually impossible for the surrounding communities to elect a County Commissioner; our three Commissioners always end up being Toledoans.

With true regionalism, the outlying communities would have a Commissioner represent them in Lucas County and by so doing; we would see a growth of new ideas and opportunities.

It’s time to begin the process in sincerity by Districting Lucas County in a way to give regional representation to the county. I suggest the following:

· County Commissioner pay be reduced to $60,000 per year
· Lucas County be split into 4 districts as noted on map:
· Districts 1, 3, and 4 each have 1 Commissioner
· District 2 (Toledo) would have 2 Commissioners

By implementing Districts for Lucas County, we will open the door and invite true regionalism. We need representatives from our successful Lucas County communities.

2 comments:

Hooda Thunkit said...

Karen,

An excellent suggestion!

The only way that it could be improved, IMNHO, is to limit Toledo to only one commissioner ;-)

HT/"Z"

Roland Hansen said...

That's an idea worth consideration. Unfortunately, most people react in negative ways rather than pro-act in positive ways.

ref:
Roland Hansen Commentary: Lucas County Government