All three Salt Lake County commissioners have gone on record as saying they will vote to put a proposed change-of-county-government plan on November's ballot.
Randy Horiuchi, for one, opposes the plan but says he's OK with letting voters decide.All three commissioners affirmed their commitment Wednesday at the final public hearing on the plan. About 30 people showed up, many more than came to the two previous hearings, among them most of the movers and shakers associated with change of government - J.D. Williams, who sued the commission last fall in an attempt to force a previous plan on the ballot; Bruce Jones, chairman of a citizen committee that came up with the plan; and Rep. Richard Walsh, R-Union, whose aborted bill in 1997 started the whole process.
While the guts of the plan are pretty much set - changing from three commissioners to an executive and nine-member council - there are various details still to be worked out.
For example, former Salt Lake Mayor Ted Wilson, who presided over a similar change in Salt Lake City in 1979, applauded the inclusion of three at-large council seats, saying the Salt Lake City Council should have included some to make sure there were people whose constituents included the entire population.
Commissioners generally favor regionalizing the at-large seats to keep all three from coming from one city or area.
Mike Montgomery of the Salt Lake County Republican Party Central Committee proposed the at-large seats to have six-year terms, not four, to reduce their county-wide campaign costs.