In 1997 a combined committee from the League of Women Voters of Rogue Valley (LWVRV) and the League of Women Voters of Ashland completed a study of Jackson County government. Since then the Rogue Valley and Ashland Leagues have merged and included members from Josephine County. The populations of Jackson and Josephine counties have grown, and the issues and decisions faced by the Board of Commissioners (BoC) and county government in each county have changed.
In 2017, the membership of LWVRV decided it was time to update the 1997-98 County Government study. The following four questions set the major scope of the current study:
- After researching and reviewing current government structure, how do we combine Josephine County into our position? This includes renaming the position.
- What number of commissioners would best serve our growing populations?
- Would non-partisan elections serve our voters better than the current partisan elections?
- Based on findings of the recent League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) elections methods study, would an alternative election method (with a different voting ballot) be more effective in representing a greater number of citizens?
Below are materials relating to the reports and background for the 2017 update of the LWVRV Position on County Government that was a result of this report.
In order by year, materials from our previous studies and positions.
1978JackCoHomeRuleCharter (Current as of 2017)
1985 LWVRV Study Report Jackson Co Gov
This is a link to 1999 position
Jackson Co Gov LWVRV 1999
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