King County Charter amendments
October 28, 2008 · Updated 11:49 AM
The Municipal League of King County made the following recommendations on the eight proposed King County Charter amendments, which will go before voters on Nov. 4. Excerpts of the recommendations can be found below.
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Amendment 1: Making King County Elections Director an Elected Position (Initiative 25): No. “The integrity of the elections process demands independence and professional management in the elections function of government.”
Amendment 2: Anti-Discrimination in King County: Yes. “Expands upon this community’s existing established norm in prohibiting discriminatory practices that are not related to the performance of a contract or an employment position.”
Amendment 3: Composition of Regional Committees: Yes. “The measure represents a small step forward for regional policymaking.”
Amendment 4: Qualifications of Elected Officials: No. “Voters should decide the qualification of individuals running for these positions. Allowing the county council to add qualifications by ordinance from time to time negates the voters’ intent in making the positions elective.”
Amendment 5: Establish a Forecast Council and Office of Economic and Financial Analysis: Yes. “A measure that will improve communication and cooperation between the executive and legislative branches of county government and provide greater confidence in revenue forecasts.”
Amendment 6: Earlier Budget Deadlines: Yes. “Additional time for review and consideration of the budget details will allow a more thorough and deliberate process for examining and adopting the budget.”
Amendment 7: Amending King County Charter by Initiative: Yes. “If citizen initiatives are permitted to amend the county charter — as the Supreme Court has said they are — then the process should be straightforward. We also concur with the higher 20 percent signature threshold that is reasonable in light of the lower voter turnout numbers in years when the county executive is on the ballot.”
Amendment 8: Making County Council, Executive and Assessor Non-Partisan Positions (Initiative 26): Yes. “It will give voters more choice at election time and it will remove the partisan lens that often inappropriately colors decision-making on largely local issues.”