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County GOP Calls For Government Reduction

Declaring that "The Democrat Party has had a virtual monopoly on the control of county government", local GOP leadership unveiled a long list of reforms it says need to be instituted.
Among the changes the party wants are lower taxes, increased quality of schools through voucher and choice systems - and the elimination of many of the elected offices that Democrats currently hold.
Platform Committee Vice Chair Bruce Akers said the changes need to start at the top.

BRUCE AKERS: "We favor the elimination of the 3-member board of county commissioners. It is not an efficient type of government to have in a metropolitan area for this day and age."

The party recommends replacing that system with a county executive who would be elected to a four year term and work alongside a nine-member county council, including two at-large members.
It also recommends combining the elected positions of recorder, auditor, and treasurer into one, and that the coroner, engineer, and clerk, be made appointed, not elected posts.
Akers says these suggestions are independent of a state task force that's also studying reform possibilities in Cuyahoga County, and are not part of any state or national GOP initiative.

Rick Jackson is a senior host and producer at Ideastream Public Media. He hosts the "Sound of Ideas" on WKSU and "NewsDepth" on WVIZ.