Balto. Co. should review charter

What harm is there in taking a closer look at how county government is run?

On the November ballot, voters will be asked to support a change to Baltimore County's charter that would create a charter review commission. The ballot measure is Question A.

I was the principal sponsor of the legislation that authorized this to go before Baltimore County's voters. The bill passed unanimously with support from every Democratic and Republican County Council member.

Should this change be approved by the voters, a charter review commission would be created in the seventh year of each decade to look at the efficiency and operations of county government. The commission would have bipartisan representation.

Other jurisdictions have this mechanism. In Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties, the commissions have broader responsibilities or meet on a more regular basis. Baltimore County has not had a charter review in 25 years.

We live in difficult times. Taxpayers expect government to deliver services in a cost-effective manner. There is no harm in looking at our governing document periodically to make sure that our government is acting as efficiently and effectively as possible.

David Marks, Towson

The writer represents the Fifth District on the Baltimore County Council.

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