The Maui County Charter Commission will continue making preliminary decisions on what proposed charter amendments should be placed before the public at its next meeting, Monday Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Planning Commission Conference Room in the county complex on High Street in Wailuku.
The commission will also take testimony from the public on any subject related to the County Charter.
The general topic areas the commission is reviewing include: the Council elective process; Council approval of department heads; the mayor approving the appointment of the fire chief; changing the county's budget process to a two-year cycle; changing the rules for initiatives, referendums and recalls; and creating a position of county auditor.
At its last meeting, the commission made tentative decisions to propose: the County Council's term of office increasing from two- to four-year terms; returning to a partisan election system; and to leave the governance of the Department of Water Supply under the mayor and County Council. Ultimately, the commission will make its proposals for changing the charter to the voters in the 2012 election.
"Our goal is to reach tentative approval of these issues before December so that we can take these proposals to public hearing countywide and hear the residents' opinions on these complex and diverse issues," said Stone. "Our plan is to work on each of these issues over the next two months, hopefully approving the less complex or divisive first and saving the hardest ones for last."
The Charter Commission is an 11-member board appointed by the mayor and approved by the Maui County Council to conduct a review of the County Charter. The charter is the equivalent to the county's constitution, the blueprint that sets the structure of county government. The commission may make recommendations to amend the charter to the voters in the next election.