The report includes two important principles that I fully support. First, it calls for changes to make government more accountable, transparent and less costly by reducing its size, including the number of local elected officials. It also contains a recommendation I heard over and over again on the campaign trail and that is the power to tax should be limited to elected officials.
Ballard reminded us that the Commission's report is "a bi-partisan step in the right direction," not simply a Republican or Democrat idea. The report is nothing short of a God-send to Mayor-elect Ballard. If the public can convince the General Assembly to go along with the much-needed changes proposed by the Commission, Ballard can go a long way towards achieving his goals. Some of the changes, however, such as eliminating the numerous elected county officials will require a constitutional amendment, which requires the approval of two successive sessions of the General Assembly and the approval of voters. Others can be achieved statutorily during the current session of the legislature.