Petition to Ask Voters to Change to Council; Not City

The Shelton City Commission will NOT place a measure on the November General Election Ballot asking voters to change from a three-member commission to a seven-member council; a citizen petition will.

Monday night, Commissioner Tracy Moore’s motion to have the City put the measure on the ballot failed to get a second and died. 

Commissioner Moore has been advooating for this change:

The concept of changing to the Council-Manager form of government created some opposition with most saying the City shouldn’t rush the issue believing their isn’t enough time to educate voters. This opposition included Commissioner Kathy McDowell and Mayor Gary Cronce.

However, a citizen petition can also accomplish getting the measure on the ballot. That petition needs enough signatures: 10 percent of the last municipal general election. Former City Commissioner, Mike Olsen, told the Commission he plans to start gathering signatures immediately.

In order to be placed on the November 7, 2017 ballot, the petition must be to the Mason County Auditor by August 1, 2017. Election staff would then need to verify the signatures are from those registered to vote in the City.

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