In a news release yesterday, Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott stated the Board would consider repealing referendum questions approved by the Board last year. One wold place term limits on Commissioners while increasing the term limit currently in place for the Executive. The second would have the Courts appoint row officers instead of having them stand for election.
County Executive Don Cunningham refused to sign that legislation, mostly because he felt he should stay out of a matter that directly affects him.
According to Ott, "Appointed row ofﬁcers would reduce accountability for our public servants at a time when people rightfully demand greater accountability."
Ott, who's sponsoring the repeal bills along with at least four other commissioners, pointed to another problem. Each referendum would really deal with two questions, but voters would only have opportunity to provide one answer on each.
"Poorly-formed legislation leads to ballot confusing questions, and to bad policy," Ott said. "In this case, it's even worse, because these ﬂawed questions would alter the Home Rule Charter, an error that is quite difﬁcult to correct."
Last night was the first reading of this repeal measures. I should point out I was at a Bethlehem Zonng Hearing Board meeting, and am relying on news releases and a few phone calls.