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Republican Central Committee voices opposition to charter government

The Carroll County Republican Central Committee issued a news release Saturday, voicing opposition to any effort to move the county to a charter form of government and urging members to do the same.

"Changing from one type of government structure to another is expensive," the release said. "Retrofitting buildings, hiring an additional layer of employees to serve the new structure of government, and wage increases for current employees in expanded rolls all add to the expense of a new government structure."

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"The current five Commissioner districted government has been in effect just over one full term and the Commissioners are already spending more than they are collecting in yearly tax revenues," the release said. "Consolidating power in the hands of fewer officials, as these changes would do, short circuits the system of checks and balances that curb government excess."

The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to be briefed on charter government and the process required to make the change at its 1 p.m. Thursday open meeting.

Carroll County currently operates a commissioner form of government.

Advocates of charter government say charters allow for more local control, as commissioner government requires the approval of the Maryland General Assembly for many local decisions.

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