Change in government committee holds events to explain plan

November vote will determine county’s future governance

Photo by Carter Pape

Members of the Grand County Change in Form of Government Study Committee have completed the yearlong task of drafting an optional plan — and they want to share what they’ve done with residents at two open houses planned for later this month.

The plan will be on November’s ballot, two years after Utah lawmakers passed House Bill 224, the controversial legislation that determined Grand and Morgan counties’ forms of government were out of compliance with state law.

If voter-approved, the new form of government will be a part-time, five-member council with a manager. The council will have legislative authority while the manager will hold executive power. In other words, the council will make laws and policy and the manager will carry out that policy.

The shift will significantly reduce the workload of council members over the current form of government, which has operated more like a commission — which holds legislative and executive control — than a council for nearly 30 years.

The study committee due to the anticipated reduced workload for council members reduced the annual pay to $18,000 for members and $22,000 for the chair, a reduction of roughly $12,000 per year.

The council members will be elected at large with no districts.

If voters reject the new plan, Grand County by default would move to a three-person commission with the aforementioned authority over legislative and executive functions.

The first open house is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 16 at the Grand Center next to Moab Regional Hospital and the second is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 19 at the Castle Valley Town Building.

Visit www.grandcountyutah.net/change for more information. Contact members Chair Steve Stocks, Secretary Marcy Till, Judy Carmichael, Walt Dabney, Jeramy Day, Cricket Green and Bob Greenberg via email at [email protected].