Rockdale citizens should have right to decide change if BOC should expand

March 10, 20172min2210
letter to the editor
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By Phyllis Hatcher

The Georgia legislature failed to approve a bill that would have increased the size of the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners from three commissioners to five commissioners. The failed legislation also requested a change that would have required that each commissioner would be elected to represent citizens of a specific district located within Rockdale County. Presently, each commissioner is elected at large to represent all of the citizens of Rockdale County.

In an effort to raise awareness, Phyllis Hatcher candidate for Georgia Senate district 17 I believe that it is important that the citizens of Rockdale County know how our elected officials are conducting public business. Transparency, accountable and openness are indispensible principles that are essential for our state and county government to operate efficiently and effectively.

The citizens of Rockdale County should have right to determine if they desire to increase the size of the Board of commissioner from three commissioners to five commissioners. The citizens of Rockdale County should have the right to determine if they want to elect their commissioners at large or by districts.

The Georgia Legislature should not make these types of decisions without first listening to the voice of the citizens of Rockdale County.

Government only exists to serve the people.


Phyllis Hatcher plans to run for the Georgia Senate District 17 seat.

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