To the editor:
When I prepared for a recent forum regarding the November ballot issue proposing a change from three to five county commissioners, I called and talked with commissioners from several counties across Kansas which had made this change. I wanted to know why they changed and how the change had affected government in their counties. To a person, they considered the change a success. Why? The reasons varied. Briefly, the major reasons to change which they presented were:
- to get more diversity of opinions
- to have less chance of one commissioner dominating the commission
- to have citizens having greater access to their commissioners
- to allow for more flexibility of membership on the commission
“To get the county commission off of the front page of the newspaper” was also given as a reason.