Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ketchum government vote redux

Depending on whether Ketchum voters choose a "yes" or "no" on the ballot to change our City Council to a city-manager type of government, they need to be alerted to how their vote in this local election will affect them.

A "yes" vote will automatically get rid of our mayor and all our elected Ketchum council members. A "no" vote will allow our duly elected City Council members and our mayor to fulfill their terms in office.

A "yes" vote will disenfranchise the voting public from choosing who will manage the city of Ketchum as only the new council members will have the authority to hire and fire a city manager. A "no" vote will allow the voting public to choose their City Council members, and whoever gets the most votes gets to serve as mayor of Ketchum. This gives the public a voice in who manages the city business.

There are many other issues about changing the city government that the voting public should be aware of, such as increased cost and personnel. I urge each everyone to read the details of this proposal.

And—please vote "no" on Nov. 8.

Betty Murphy


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