In a series of meetings, residents and sitting officials nearly universally panned the idea of giving up elected offices. The outpouring was such that we wonder why the Governance Options Study Committee was charged with conducting the same exercise.
We hope this issue doesn’t eclipse discussion of a ward structure, however, because that is one idea that has never had a good, public airing despite perennial complaints of underrepresentation from some parts of town. Much of the report deals with an examination of the ward system and has a great deal of useful information we hope the public will be able to make good use of.
And that is ultimately the most important point, because it is the public that will give the final thumbs up or down on any of these changes, probably by direct referendum. That is why we urge residents to attend the next Town Board meeting armed with comments about these three ideas and speak up now.