When the Floyd County Board of Supervisors rejected a petition for a special election to change how supervisors are elected in the county, additional legal proceedings by the group behind the petition was anticipated.
The Coalition for Better County Government has since followed with a motion in District Court in Hampton to force the county to conduct a special election to put the measure before voters. Coalition President Gordon Boge says he’s confident their motion will be granted.
Boge says while the coalition believes the county has overspent in the construction of the new Floyd County Courthouse in Charles City, their main goal is better representation for the county’s residents.
Boge says that if the district court denies their motion for the special election, the coalition can try again in two years. He says, at the least, their challenge of the county’s fiscal 2022 budget revealed the budget was off by almost $1.2 million dollars in expenses the State Appeal Board ruled the county must cut to bring the budget in line. The supervisors have since filed an appeal of that decision citing it was an error in accounting and no cuts should have to be made.
Board Supervisor Chair Linda Tjaden told KCHA/KCZA News she has “no comment” on the district court motion at this time as they work with their legal counsel.