The LWVCA supports the modernization of county government through some form of reorganization, such as adoption of a county charter or one of the alternative forms of county government permitted by Ohio Law.
Criteria to be used in defining/judging “modernization”:
- The county executive should be appointed by the county governing body.
- The county executive should have budgetary responsibilities and powers of policy execution and be directly answerable to the county governing body.
- Hamilton County governing body should have implied powers and some self-taxing ability.
- The county governing body should be elected in combination method including districts and at-large and should have 5-11 members.
- Means of citizen participation should be explicitly provided.
- Members of the county governing body should serve four-year, staggered terms.
- Means of citizen recourse should be explicitly provided.
- All county department heads should be appointed.
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