The Cape Carteret NC Commissioners announced that it is rejecting a referendum petition started by area resident Patricia Ruddiman which sought to change the format of town government. At issue is whether the petition, and how it was started, met the guidelines to be considered. Reports indicate that State Board Of Elections ruled that the petition is valid, but the commissioners decided to reject the petition anyway sighting legal reasons.
Some Commissioners on the board even went as far to call for sanctions against Director Sharon Lewis at the State Board of Elections for assisting area residents in crafting the petition. The elections board ruled that the petition is valid in a letter sent to Commissioners.
The rejection prevents this measure from being put on the ballot in November 2018.
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Mayor David Fowler of Cape Carteret is on record as saying “We’ve got 21st century problems that need to be addressed by 21st century professional management.”
Patricia Ruddiman and area resident Terri Ashby felt like the petition was giving a voice to area residents to have a say in how the town is governed, and that this rejection is taking that voice away from the people.
“The citizens of Cape Carteret are entitled to vote on this change of the charter and that was taken away from us” – Patricia Ruddiman
“The decision allows the town to follow the law concerning referendums and allow citizens to vote on the matter.” – Town Manager Zach Steffey
Specifically, the petition sought to change the town’s government from a mayor-council format to a council-manager format.
A public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10 when the board will vote on Oct. 8 to make the ordinance effective with the people’s vote, according to Tuesday’s commissioners presentation notes.
Monday’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Debbie E. Stanley board room at Cape Carteret Town Hall which is located at 102 Dolphin St in Cape Carteret.
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As a Cape Carteret resident, do you want to see the form of town government changed from mayor-council format to council-manager format? Why, or why not?