The Grand County Change of Government Study Committee in a split vote agreed to complete its work by November.
Given a tight deadline and a late start, the odds are small that the Grand County Change in Form of Government Study Committee will have a question ready for voters on November’s ballot.
With most of the procedural questions answered, the rubber is about to hit the road for the Grand County Change of Government Study Committee – which is facing a tight deadline to recommend one of four possible alternatives for county government.
House Bill 224, the legislation that required Grand and Morgan counties to change their respective forms of government following the 2018 session of the Utah Legislature, was an “obtuse and un-understandable” law, according to Gavin Anderson, a Salt Lake County deputy attorney who over his three-decade career literally wrote the book on changing forms of government in Utah.
The committee studying a new form of government for Grand County will get a lesson on what the four options are at 6 p.m. March 21 when Gavin Anderson, a Salt Lake County deputy district attorney, comes to Moab.
Wholesale transparency and a desire for heavy public involvement were two goals embraced by a seven-person study committee tasked with the creation of Grand County’s next form of government when members held their inaugural meeting Friday.
Rural counties in Utah won’t have a choice about their forms of government if a bill advancing in the Utah Legislature continues to make headway.
After nearly a year of animus and sometimes heated rhetoric, political intrigue and litigation, the study committee voters approved in the 2018 election has been formed and will soon begin its work on creating a new form of government in Grand County.