There seems to be a lot of confusion about the three representation plans for Linn County on how the supervisors are elected. If you look at the facts, it’s not that confusing.
Plan 1. At-large: You vote for all the supervisors in the county, who can live anywhere in the county. They all could live in Cedar Rapids, or they could all live in Waubeek.
Plan 2. District/At-large: County divided into districts. One supervisor to live in each district. You vote for all the supervisors in the county, not just the one in your district.
Plan 3. District/District: County divided into districts. You can vote only for the supervisor living in your district. You cannot vote for any of the other supervisors.
How do you know what plan is for you? Let’s look at Plan 3. You go to your supervisor who lives in your district and ask about something you want to do on your property that needs approval from the Board of Supervisors. Your supervisor is all for what you want to do, but the other supervisors vote it down. Now, when it comes to election time, you can vote only for the supervisor who lives in your district, you cannot vote for any of the other supervisors. But they were able to vote on what goes on in your district.
Comparing Plan 2 with Plan 3: Using the same story, when the Board of Supervisors vote on what you want to do on your property with Plan 2, they could vote the same way or they might think twice about voting it down, knowing that when it comes election time, you will be voting in all the districts.
Another thing about Plan 3 is when it comes to election time, the supervisors only have to campaign in their district. But they all have a say on what goes on in all of the districts. Do you think they should all be elected by all the districts?
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I hope the people of Linn County take the time to look at these plans, read, understand them and vote for the one they want. Your vote does count, and people can make a difference. The Concerned Citizens of Linn County did.
• Kevin Kula lives in Coggon