Local government review open to voters

At the Sept. 10, 2013 primary election, voters in the City of Red Lodge, Precincts 8, 9 & 10 will be asked whether or not they wish to have their form of local government reviewed at a cost not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars, ($2,500). This is a poll election to be held at the Red Lodge Civic Center. Absentee ballots will be sent out on Aug. 21, 2013 and available on the same day at the Clerk & Recorders Office at 17 West 11th Street in Red Lodge.

The local government review was initiated by Article XI, Section 9 of the 1 9 7 2 C o n s t i t u t i o n . Required every ten years, the local government review election asks voters to decide if they want to elect a study commission to review their city government. If a majority of the electors vote in favor of having a study commission to examine the form of local government, the study commission members will be elected at the next regularly scheduled election.

Interested individuals can file as a candidate for the study commission with Judy Christensen, Carbon County Election Administrator. There is no filing fee, and the race is nonpartisan. The purpose of the study commission is to study the existing form and powers of the local government and compare them with other forms available under the laws of the state. The study commission members must write a report detailing their recommendations for change to the local government.

The final report of the study commission is presented to the voters of the local government for their final approval or rejection. The report must be presented to the registered electors for a vote no later than the 2016 general election. For more information on this election, please contact Judy Christensen, your local election administrator, at 446-1220 or the Office of the Secretary of State of (406) 444-2034.