Archive for Thursday, March 25, 2004

Petitions seek addition to county commissioners

March 25, 2004

A Tonganoxie man wants to increase the number of county commissioners from three to seven.

Jack Wolfe is working to get the required 1,791 signatures to file his petition. If he's successful, the question of whether to add four commissioners will be posed to Leavenworth County voters in the November general election.

The question that's on the petition is, "Shall the number of county commissioners districts in Leavenworth County, Kansas, be increased from three (3) to seven (7)?"

"We need better representation in the county," Wolfe said. "The southern part of the county has never had equal representation as the rest of the county."

Wolfe said the additional annual salary for an added four commissioners would total about $164,000 at today's rate.

"But in the long run, you'll probably save money," Wolfe said. "Because three people cannot have the idea and scope that seven people can have."

Wolfe, who has lived in Tonganoxie since 1968, said he thinks he'll be able to get the signatures needed to put the question on the ballot.

"I've got a lot of people wanting to sign that, and I've got a lot of people wanting to take the petition around," Wolfe said.

It would be a good move to increase the number of commissioners, Wolfe said.

"If you have seven people in office, you're going to get more done than with three. It's going to be spread out -- every person is going to be doing something for their district and therefore the coverage is going to be better."

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