A petition to bring about a special election to change how supervisors represent the residents of Floyd County has been denied.
The Coalition for Better County Government gathered over 1,000 petition signatures in an effort to move from currently electing three at-large supervisors to having one supervisor each representing three districts of equal population. However, the validity of the petition came into question when over 400 signatures were submitted on papers without verbiage of the petition’s initiative, as required on all papers being submitted.
At their regular Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, Board President Linda Tjaden said that was the core issue.
Prior to the board’s vote, Assistant County Attorney Randy Tilton provided an opinion to the supervisors about the possible consequences of their vote.
The board voted 3-0 to deny the petition. Had they accepted the petition, it would cost the county about $9,000 to conduct a special election. Coalition President Duane Boge told the supervisors denying the petition could turn out to be more costly.
About a dozen county residents attended the meeting.