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Augusta County Supervisors Put Staggered Terms on Hold

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Augusta County supervisors have again pushed back the issue of staggered terms.

Supervisors held a public hearing Wednesday night in Verona hoping to get some public input on whether the board should stagger its election terms.   That would mean an election every two years, and a potential turnover of three or four members at a time.

Supporters of the idea say staggered terms would mean more accountability, since voters would have more frequent chances to speak out at the ballot box.  Opponents say it would have some supervisors always facing election right after property reassessments, which tend to draw citizens' ire.

There was disagreement on whether delaying the issue would make any difference.

Augusta County Supervisor David Karaffa said, "I think the people spoke during the election.  When they voted, they said that they would like to see this happen."

"It's obvious that most people could care less," said Augusta County Supervisor David Beyeler.  "They're not here."

Augusta County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tracy Pyles is still a supporter of the board staggering its election terms. His effort went down in flames two years ago, but turnover has brought fresh faces and perhaps a second chance for the plan.

This is one of the issues where Pyles has found himself the "lone wolf" on the Augusta Board of Supervisors. Back in the summer of 2010, he pushed for a change in the county code, so that not all seven supervisors were elected at once, but he was on the losing end of a 6-to-1 vote.

Supervisors plan to address the issue again in November after they've heard from the public.

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