Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pike commissioner petition appears dead this year

A petition seeking an election to ask voters if they want to switch Pike County to a commissioner form of government appears now to be dead, at least for this year. Citizens group Pike Countians Against Government Waste began circulating the petition several weeks ago, seeking to put the question on the November ballot. The group turned in just over 1,500 signatures, but county officials said the group missed its deadline for having the matter on this year’s ballot. Since that time, the group has made claims that politics were involved in the decision. On Tuesday, however, Pike County Clerk Rhonda Taylor rendered the point moot. After reviewing the petition, Taylor said there were fewer than the necessary 1,200 signatures that could be considered valid.

If the group chooses to start another petition to change Pike County’s form of government from magistrate to commissioner, they will have to wait until next year.