Monday, November 5, 2012

Voters to vet odd term limit rule

Not sure if you saw this one, but this is from today's paper, a story about the No. 7 proposed charter amendment. Click right smack here for some awesomeness.

Anyhoo, it reads in part:
It's a quirky law that deals with one of Knox County most controversial matters – term limits – yet it appears to be pretty much toothless.

And now voters have the chance to get rid of, save taxpayers a couple of bucks and spare the Knox County clerk a few minutes of his time each year.

At issue is proposed amendment change No. 7 that appears on Tuesday's ballot.

It asks voters whether the county should no longer require the clerk each year to write to a number of top ranking elected officials, stating “the people's support of term limits at both the state and federal levels.”

And yes – before you ask – Knox County Clerk Foster Arnette Jr. actually does it.

“I don't want to be in violation of any law, no matter how small it may seem,” said Arnett, who had no idea the task would be part of the duties when he took over the office in 2000.

No, none,” he said, chuckling.
You can find the letters Arnett wrote to federal leaders right smack here. And right smack here for the ones sent to the state officials.


fischbobber said...

I voted no. I want congressman Duncan to get that letter every year.

Brian Paone said...

I voted against every last charter amendment. As far as I'm concerned, they were all worded poorly, did nothing meaningful to improve the citizens' position when it comes to governance, and I am sick to DEATH of the previous generation thinking the best way to clean up their f*&^ing mistakes is to nuke said mistake without having a backup plan in place.

Back to the drawing board with ALL of that mess. Pathetic.