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Several Questions on Wicomico Ballot This Coming Election

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SALISBURY, Md.- When Wicomico County voters head to the polls this Nov. 8, they will do more than choose the next president. They will also be asked to decide whether the Wicomico County Board of Education should be elected or continue to be appointed by the governor. In addition, voters will be  will be asked to vote for or against several questions regarding proposed changes to the county charter. For detailed information about the proposed changes, click here

Below is a summary of the ballot questions Wicomico County voters will be asked to answer:

QUESTION A

Wicomico County Board of Education - Election and Appointment of Members

The members of the Wicomico County Board of Education are currently appointed by the Governor. The referendum presents three options for how the seven members of the board should be chosen: 
Option 1 - retain the current appointed board system in which the Governor appoints the members of the board; 
Option 2 - change to an elected board, with five members elected by voters within the voters' council district and two at-large members elected by all voters of Wicomico County; 
Option 3 - change to a combination of members who are elected and who are appointed, with five members elected by voters within the voters' council district and two members appointed by the Wicomico County Council from a list of nominees proposed by a school board nominating commission. 
Please indicate which of the three methods for selecting members of the Wicomico County Board of Education you prefer. 

For Retaining the Current System, a Board of Education with Seven Members Appointed by the Governor 
For a Board of Education with Five Members Elected by District and Two Members Elected at Large 
For a Board of Education with Five Members Elected by District and Two Members Appointed by the Wicomico County Council

QUESTION B

County Council Vacancy - Special Election 

To amend the County Charter to require a special election to fill a County Council vacancy if an appointment to fill a vacancy in the Council is made more than 30 days before the filing deadline for the primary for President of the United States. The person appointed to fill the vacancy shall serve until the first Tuesday in December following the general election for the President of the United States. 

For the Charter Amendment 
Against the Charter Amendment

QUESTION C

Submission of Appointments for Confirmation 

To amend the County Charter to extend the time for the Council to act to confirm or reject any appointment by the County Executive of the Director of Administration, the head of a department in the executive branch, or a member of a board or commission from 30 days to 45 days from submission and to require submission at a legislative session of Council. 

For the Charter Amendment 
Against the Charter Amendment

QUESTION D

County Executive Vacancy - Special Election 

To amend the County Charter to require a special election for County Executive if a vacancy occurs within the first 12 months of a term and providing for an interim appointee before the special election. If a vacancy occurs after the first 12 months of a term, then the County Council is authorized to permanently fill the vacancy by a majority vote within 45 days after the vacancy occurred. The current Charter requires the Council to fill a County Executive vacancy by Resolution within thirty (30) days. 

For the Charter Amendment 
Against the Charter Amendment

QUESTION E

Temporary Absence or Disability of the County Executive 

To amend the County Charter to direct that the Director of Administration shall perform the duties of County Executive in the event of a temporary absence or disability of the County Executive. This Amendment would remove the County Executive's option to designate in writing some other person in the executive branch to perform the duties of County Executive in the event of a temporary absence or disability of the County Executive. 

For the Charter Amendment 
Against the Charter Amendment

QUESTION F

Temporary Administrative Appointments 

To amend the County Charter to limit the term of an appointment as an "Acting Director of Administration" or any "Acting" head of a department to a period of 90 days; and providing that the Council may extend the appointment every 90 days. The current charter limits the temporary appointment by the County Executive of an "Acting Director of Administration" or an acting head of a department only if the person does not possess all the qualifications of office as required by the charter. 

For the Charter Amendment 
Against the Charter Amendment

QUESTION G

Reorganization Defined

To amend the County Charter to provide that a reorganization includes any change of functions, responsibilities, or powers of any part of the Executive Branch or a management-initiated rearrangement of reporting relationships, including terms of financial compensation, of multiple positions within or between executive departments, offices, or agencies. 

For the Charter Amendment 
Against the Charter Amendment

QUESTION H

Department of Law 

To amend the County Charter to change the role of the County Attorney in the representation of the County Council and the council's right to employ counsel. The current charter requires that the County Attorney be the legal advisor of the Council and the charter amendment modifies this requirement. 

For the Charter Amendment 
Against the Charter Amendment

QUESTION I

Personnel System 

To amend the County Charter to authorize the County Council to establish by Law a Personnel System, and to provide that the County Executive may propose changes or revisions for adoption by the Council. 

For the Charter Amendment 
Against the Charter Amendment

QUESTION J

Expense Budget 

To amend the County Charter to provide that in the event the County Council and County Executive do not agree upon the expenditure of a surplus resulting from the Council's decreasing or deleting budget items, the surplus will be placed in the Undesignated Fund Balance. 

For the Charter Amendment 
Against the Charter Amendment

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