No home rule in Douglas

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Douglas County will continue to operate under state rule after 76.33 percent of the vote to move towards home rule came back as a resounding, 'no.' 

Voters were tasked with deciding whether or not to implement a local constitution that would come with a slew of changes for Douglas County government. The first and most distinguishable from the current system was the potential change to county government. 

The board of county commissioners would go from a three-member board to a five-member board. Those five members would no longer be "at-large" commissioners but districts would be formed and each commissioner would represent a certain district. Commissioners would also give up their salaries in exchange for a monthly payment--reported at $500--that would be dependent on their attendance at public meetings. They would also be considered part-time rather than full-time.

The county would have also seen the installation of a county manager who would oversee the day-to-day operations of the local government, in much the same way city managers work with city councils to handle the business of the city. 

However, just over 23 percent of the vote saw a 'yes' on the ballot to create a home rule charter in Douglas. 

In total, nine counties around the state of Oregon have passed a home rule charter in the form of a ballot measure. Nearly 20 other Oregon counties have voted the issue down.

The issue, like many others this election cycle, found a footing on social media with both sides of the vote casting stones before setting out to cast ballots. Back-and-forth between the groups included talk over monetary contributions, arguments against status-quo and  the enormity of the change to adopting a home rule charter. 

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