Agreement Close on Bill to Allow County Executives

By Peter Ambrose

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 11, 2008 at 5:03 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Lawmakers appeared close to a compromise on
a bill that could replace county commissioners with a single county
executive.

The bill would become law only if voters approved it in a
referendum.

Under the proposed compromise, commissioners could vote to
conduct a county referendum deciding whether the board of
commissioners should be replaced with a single executive. If
commissioners do not want to reorganize, voters could prompt the
referendum themselves by collecting signatures.

If voters approve the reorganization in a referendum, the change
would occur four years later. The issue could be up for referendums
as early as November, and a county could change as early as 2012.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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