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1996 STUDY COMMISSION FINAL REPORT JEFFERSON COUNTY STUDY COMMISSION TABLE OF CONTENTS I. LETTER TO CITIZENS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY II. SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS A. Key Provisions of the Proposed Amendments to the Existing Form of Government 1. Non-partisan elections 2 . Combining Office of Coroner into Office of Sheriff 3 . Combining Office of Public Administrator into Office of County Attorney 4 . Combining Office of County Superintendent of Schools into Office of Clerk and Recorder\Assessor B. Findings of Study Commission III. COMPARISON OF EXISTING FORM OF GOVERNMENT AND PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING FORM OF GOVERNMENT AND EVALUATIVE COMMENTS APPENDIX Exhibit A: Certificate of existing form of government Exhibit B: Certificate of amended plan of government Exhibit C: Certificate establishing election date Exhibit D: Certificate establishing form of the ballot I. LETTER TO CITIZENS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY To the Citizens of Jefferson County: The Jefferson County Study Commission elected by the voters on November 8, 1994, present this final report to you the citizens of Jefferson County. The purpose of the study commission, as defined in state law, is "to study the existing form and powers of a local government and procedures for delivery of local government services and to compare them with other forms available under the laws of the state. " After completing these two phases of the study it is the responsibility of the study commission to submit a final report recommending no change, or proposing an amendment or amendments to the existing form of government, or offering an alternative form of government, to the qualified electors. To date, in every phase of this review, the study commission has sought advice and information from as many people in the county as possible. Opinions and recommendations were solicited from local government officials, community organizations, and citizens . All meetings of the study commission have been open to the public. Commission members have held public hearings in various communities throughout the county to explain the work of the commission and to hear the viewpoints, ideas, and concerns of those present . In addition, a survey of citizen attitudes has been completed. Our recommendations in this final report reflect the thoughts and opinions of those who have participated in public hearings, have attended our regular meetings, and have responded to the survey. The recommendations also reflect the independent efforts of this study commission. The recommendations are: 1. Conduct nonpartisan elections for county officers . 2 . Combine the office of the coroner into the office of the sheriff . 3 . Combine the office of the public administrator into the office of the county attorney. 4 . Combine the office of the county superintendent of schools into the office of the county clerk and recorder/assessor. In this final report we present our recommendations for amendments to the existing form of government that we feel will improve the provision of governmental services expected by the people both today and in the future. Our concern has been to provide a form of government that will be responsive to local citizens and provide the opportunity for devising solutions to local problems, We believe that the citizens of Jefferson County can achieve these goals by adopting the recommended amendments to the existing form of county government. The question of adopting the proposed amendments to the existing form of government will be placed on the ballot June 4, 1996 . Respectfully Submitted, Robert L. Marks, Chairman Joe Calnan Gary B. Carlson Mary F. Jones Steven J. Shapiro Jefferson County Study Commissioners II. SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS The Jefferson County Local Government Study Commission having thoroughly studied our present form of county government and the alternative forms of government available to counties under state law, and having studied the future governmental needs of this county, recommends the following amendments to the existing form of county government: 1. Non-partisan elections. It is the study commission' s recommendation that county officers be elected on a non-partisan basis . 2 . Combine office of Coroner into the office of Sheriff. It is the study commission' s recommendation that the office of Coroner be combined into the office of the Sheriff . 3 . Combine the office of Public Administrator into the office of County Attorney. It is the study commission' s recommendation that the office of Public Administrator be combined into the office of the County Attorney. 4 . Combine office of County Superintendent of Schools into office of Clerk and Recorder\Assessor. It is the study commission' s recommendation to combine the office of the County Superintendent of Schools into the office of the Clerk and Recorder\Assessor. TRANSITION PROVISIONS FOR ADOPTED AMENDMENTS The Jefferson County voters may adopt any one, any combination, all, or none of the proposed amendments . Pursuant to 7-3-157 and 7-3-183 , MCA, a study commission is authorized to provide for transition provisions necessary to implement any changes recommended by the study commission and adopted by the electorate. The Jefferson County Study Commission is providing that if the voters of Jefferson County approve nonpartisan elections that amendment shall apply to all elections held after January 1, 1997 . This means that elections that are now held on a partisan basis will still be held on a partisan basis for 1996, and if the amendment to switch to nonpartisan elections is adopted the amendment will only apply to elections held after January 1, 1997 . Pursuant to 7-3-158 and 7-3-193, MCA, a study commission has the authority to provide that an elected official, who' s office is eliminated by being combined into another office, shall complete the term for which the official was elected. The Jefferson County Study Commission has opted to allow any officials whose offices are eliminated due to being combined with another office to complete their term. This means if any amendment combining two offices is adopted, that amendment will not take effect and eliminate one of the combined offices until the expiration of that elected official' s term. A. Key Provisions of the Proposed Amendments to the Present Form of County Government 1. Non-partisan elections Presently, elected county officials run for election on a partisan basis. Creating non- partisan elections will allow voters to focus on the personal experience and competence of candidates and eliminate party politics that does not appear to be relevant at the county government level . This is especially true in light of the fact that most county offices are service oriented. If adopted, this amendment would mean that candidates would run on a non-partisan basis in the primary and the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes would appear on the ballot in the general election. 2 . Combine office of coroner into the office of the sheriff Presently, there is a county coroner and a county sheriff. Combining the office of the coroner into the office of the sheriff can eliminate the duplication of the investigation of certain deaths and provide for a shorter response time since the sheriff has deputies throughout the county while the coroner is located in only one location in the county. Combining the two offices should result in greater efficiency and some savings to the county. 3 . Combine the office of the public administrator into the office of the county attorney Presently, there is a county public administrator and. a county attorney. The public administrator handles the probate of persons who have not provided for an administrator and who have no qualified heirs to handle the probate of their estates. Fees for the public administrator' s services are paid out the estate proceeds and in handling the estate the public administrator usually obtains the services of an attorney. Combining the two offices would eliminate one county government position and would place the public administrator' s duties in the county attorney' s office thereby ensuring that the probates would be handled in a routine and consistent manner. 4. Combine the office of superintendent of schools into the office of the clerk and recorder\assessor Presently, there is a county superintendent of schools and a county clerk and recorder\assessor. The superintendent' s main duties are review of school budgets and transportation plans, supervision of rural schools, and conducting hearings to review certain controversies that arise within the local school districts. Combining the two offices would eliminate the duplication of certain functions such as budgeting. Presently budgets are developed by local school superintendents and school boards and are further processed by the county school superintendent and the county treasurer before being reviewed and approved by the county commissioners . Combining the two offices would provide for a more efficient budgeting process and would result in some savings to the county due to the elimination of the salary for the county school superintendent' s position. Educational , review, and certain other functions of the county school superintendent could be contracted for on an as needed basis. B. Tentative Findings of the Study Commission After an intensive study of more than one year, it is the decision of the study commission to recommend amendments to the existing form of county government that will provide a framework to meet the changing needs of Jefferson County. Problem areas that were identified during the course of the study by research, discussion, public hearings, testimony of public officials, and citizen surveys indicate that a change in the form of county government is not warranted. Rather, the study commission, based on its findings, has concluded that the present form of government, with the four amendments listed above, will continue to be the best option to provide efficient governmental services . In addition to the recommended changes to the present form of county government, the study commission examined other aspects of county government and has reached certain conclusions . The commission' s study indicated widespread concern regarding the accountability to county commissioners of various boards whose members are not elected (i.e. , weed board, planning board, solid waste board, etc. ) . However, the study commission feels that this concern has been alleviated by legislation passed during 1995 Legislature and action contemplated by the county commissioners in response to that legislation. Senate Bill 377 requires county commissioners to re-establish most county boards by October 1, 1996 . In so doing the county commissioners are authorized under the new law to reserve the right to overrule any finding or order of a board and the county commissioners may give themselves the authority to remove any board member at any time for any reason. The Jefferson County Commissioners have responded to the study commission' s concerns and Senate Bill 377 by re-establishing county boards and that one of their objectives was to make the boards fully accountable to the county commissioners. A second area examined by the study commission was the establishment of community councils. Under 7-3-317, MCA, community councils can presently be created in Jefferson County by ordinance. A community council must consist of at least three elected members and may be established in any or all of the three districts from which a county commissioner is elected. The function of a community council is to advise and maintain a dialogue with county commissioner from that district to keep the commissioner informed of the needs and interests of the residents of the district . The study commission discussed community councils with the county commissioners and were informed that the county commissioners felt that the county commissioners should not be proactive in creating the councils, rather, the citizens of the districts should be proactive in creating community councils if they so desire. The study commission believes that the creation of community councils could be valuable in giving the residents of a district additional access to their government and urges the residents of Jefferson County to consider the issue. COMPARISON OF THE EXISTING FORM OF GOVERNMENT AND THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE EXISTING FORM OF GOVERNMENT Description and Comparison of the General Characteristics of the Existing and Amended Form of Government General Form of Government The study commission is not recommending that the existing form of government be replaced by an alternative or different form of government. With the exception of the four specific amendments discussed below, the form of government for Jefferson County would remain identical to the present form of county government . In addition it is important to note that the four proposed amendments will appear separately on the ballot and that means any one, combination, all, or none of the proposed amendments may be adopted or rejected by the voters . A. Elections (1) Existing Form - - The following elected officials of the county are elected on a partisan basis based on the option for conducting partisan elections as allowed by state law: County Commissioners Sheriff County Attorney Clerk and Recorder\Assessor County Superintendent of Schools Coroner Public Administrator Treasurer Clerk of District Court (2) pro osed Form - - All of the elected officials lted would be elected on a non-partisan basis in non-partisan in (1) 1997 . elections also allowed by state law. Elections would be conducted on a non-partisan basis commencing January 1, (3) Comp On - - The present form of government in Jefferson County calls for partisan elections lfor eelectelected county county officials . The proposed amendment woul dnreq require officials to be elected on a non-p commission believes Evaluative Comment - - The study (4) art politics on the local the anent le level eliminate p Y p appear relevant and would erience and competence of the government level where it does not ap aandw the voter to focus ma the exp candidates, some of whom may choose not to align themselves wit either party- expressed concern that allowing candidates to run of Opnparti n basis ive the voter anY an a nodate' ssor et would annot give candidate' s orientation and therefore the voter would have difficult time determining a candidate' s stand on the issues. voters make certain assumptions about The opponents views that party affiliation. a candidate' s e views based on the candidate' s p Y placed on The study commission believes the issue should be study the ballot partly because of those respond for nonpartisan commission' s survey, 328 indicated support t compared to 136 disagreeing with the proposal . elections comp B. Office of the Coroner and Office of the Sheriff (1) Existin Form - - The county sheriff and county are two separate and distinct offices . coroner (2) Proposed Form - - The office of the county would be combined into the sheriff' s office and the duties the duties of the expiration of the county coroner' s term after January 1, 1997 , coroner' s office would be carried out b y the sheriff . Upon the office would be eliminated and the duties assumed by the sheriff' s office. coroner are set (3) Comparison - - The duties of a county into the inquests, inquiring and providing cause,state one and include circumstances hs, and Under manner, and circumstances of certain deaths, for the decent disposal of unclaimed dead human the proposed amendment the office. of the coroner would be eliminated and the statutory duties f of oheicoroner would be assumed and performed by the (4) Evaluative omment - - The Study Commission believes combining these offices would eliminate duplicate investigations by the coroner and the sheriff' s office and would eliminate the separate office of coroner resulting in more efficient and timely performance of the coroner' s duties and some cost savings . Opponents to combining the offices have expressed concern over potential conflicts of interest when members of the sheriff' s office may be involved in a death and also expressed concern over whether members of the sheriff' s office would have the needed expertise to carry out the duties of the coroner. The Study Commission believes that deputies in the sheriff' s office can be trained to perform the coroner' s duties and that if the sheriff' s office is involved in a death state law requires that the matter would be investigated by a coroner or sheriff' s office from another county. C. Office of the Public Administrator and the Office of the County Attorney (1) Existing Form - - The public administrator and county attorney are separate and distinct offices. (2) Proposed Form - - The office of the public administrator would be combined into the office of the county attorney. The duties of the public administrator would be carried out by the county attorney. Upon the expiration of the public administrator' s term after January 1, 1997, the office would be eliminated and the duties assumed by the county attorney' s office. (3) Comparison - - The duties of a public administrator are set out in state law. These duties include handling the probate of deceased persons who have not provided for an administrator and who have no qualified heirs to handle the probate of their estates . Under the proposed form the office of the public administrator would be eliminated and the statutory duties of the public administrator would be assumed and performed by the county attorney' s office. (4) Evaluative Comment - - Presently, the public administrator, in most cases, has to rely on the services of an attorney. The study commission believes that transferring the public administrator' s duties to the county attorney would promote the handling of the probate matters in a consistent, routine, and professional manner. Some opponents questioned the need for combining the offices since there is little cost to the county for maintaining the public administrator' s office. D. Office of County Superintendent of Schools and the Office of the Clerk and Recorder\Assessor (1) Existing Form - - The county superintendent of schools and the county clerk and recorder\assessor are separate and distinct offices . (2) Proposed Form - - The office of the county superintendent of schools would be combined into the office of the county clerk and recorder\assessor so that there would only be the county clerk and recorder\assessor. The duties of the county superintendent of schools would be carried out by the county clerk and recorder\assessor. Upon the expiration of the county superintendent' s term after January 1, 1997, the office would be eliminated and the duties assumed by the county clerk and recorder\assessor. (3) Comparison - - The duties of the county superintendent of schools are provided for in state law. The duties include review of school budgets and transportation plans, supervision of rural schools, and conducting hearings to review certain controversies that arise within the local school districts . Under the proposed amendment the office of the county superintendent of schools would be eliminated and the statutory duties of the county superintendent would be assumed and performed by the office of the county clerk and recorder\assessor. (4) Evaluative Comment - - The study commission believes that combining the offices would provide for a more efficient budgeting process and would result in some savings to the county due to the elimination of the salary for the county school superintendent' s position. Review functions and certain other functions of the county school superintendent could be contracted for on an as needed basis. Opponents expressed concern that the clerk and recorder\assessor would lack expertise in the education field and therefore would not be able to adequately perform the county superintendent' s duties . Some opponents also expressed concern that the county clerk and recorder/assessor already had many duties to perform and would not be able to take on the additional county superintendent duties with out an increase in staff . CERTIFICATE ESTABLISHING THE EXISTING PLAN OF GOVERNMENT FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY If retained by the voters, the government of Jefferson County shall be organized under the following provisions of 7-3-111, MCA, which authorizes the elected county official form of government; 7-3-111. Statutory basis for elected county official government. (1) For the purpose of determining the statutory basis of existing units of local government after May 2, 1977, each unit of local government organized under the general statutes authorizing the elected county official form of government shall be governed by the following sections : (a) 7-3 -401; (b) 7-3-402 ; (c) 7-3-412 (3) ; (d) 7-3-413 (1) ; (e) 7-3 -414 (1) ; (f) 7-3-415 (2) ; (g) 7-3-416 (2 ) ; (h) 7-3-417 (2.) ; (i) 7-3-418; (j ) 7-3 -432 (1) ; (k) 7-3-433 (1) ; (1) 7-3-434 (1) ; (m) 7-3-435 (1) ; (n) 7-3-436 (1) ; (o) 7-3 -437 (6) ; (p) 7-3-438 (1) ; (q) 7-3-439 (6) ; (r) 7-3-440 (1) ; (s) 7-3 -441 (1) ; (t) 7-3-442 (6) if the county has not elected an auditor. (2) This form has terms of 4 years for all elected officials except commissioners who are elected to 6-year terms. The commission consists of three members . These sections establish the following form of government which shall be called the COMMISSION FORM. 7-3-401. Commission form. The commission form consists of an elected commission (which may also be called the council) and other elected officers as provided in this part. All legislative, executive, and administrative powers and duties of the local government not specifically reserved by law or ordinance to other elected officers shall reside in the commission. The commission shall appoint the heads of departments and other employees, except for those appointed by other elected officials. Cities and towns which adopt this form may distribute by ordinance the executive and administrative powers and duties into departments headed by individual commissioners. 7-3-402 . Nature of government. Local governments that adopt this form shall have general government powers. 7-3-412 (3) . Selection of commission members. The commission shall be elected at large and nominated by a plan of nomination that may not preclude the possibility of the majority of the electors nominated candidates for the majority of the seats on the commission from persons residing in the districts or districts where the majority of the electors reside. 7-3-413 (1) . Type of election. Local government elections shall be conducted on a partisan basis. 7-3-414 (1) . Chairman of the commission. The chairman of the commission shall be elected by the members of the commission from their own number for a term established by ordinance. 7-3-415 (2) . Administrative assistants. The commission may appoint one or more administrative assistants to assist them in the supervision and operation of the local government . 7-3 -416 (2) . Terms of commission members. Commission members shall be elected for overlapping terms of office. 7-3-417 (2) . Size of commission and community councils. The size of the commission shall be three, and community councils to advise commissioners may be authorized by ordinance. 7-3-418. Terms of elected officials. The term of office of elected officials may not exceed 4 years, except the term of office for commissioners in counties adopting the form authorized by Article XI, section 3 (2) , of the Montana constitution may not exceed 6 years . Terms of office shall be established when the form is adopted by the voters . 7-3-432 (1) . Legal officer. A legal officer (who may be called the county attorney) shall be elected. 7-3-433 (1) . Law enforcement officer. A law enforcement officer (who may be called the sheriff) shall be elected. 7-3-434 (1) . Clerk and recorder. A clerk and recorder shall be elected. 7-3-435. Clerk of district court. A clerk of district court shall be elected. 7-3-436 (1) . Treasurer. A treasurer shall be elected. 7 -3-437 (6) . Surveyor. A surveyor shall not be included in this form as a separate office. 7-3-438 (1) . Superintendent of schools. A superintendent of schools shall be elected. 7-3-439 (6) . Assessor. An assessor shall not be included in this form as a separate office if the county has not elected an assessor. 7-3-440 (1) . Coroner. A coroner shall be elected. 7-3-441. Public administrator. A public administrator shall be elected. 7-3-442 (6) Auditor. An auditor shall not be included in this form as a separate office if the county has not elected an auditor. We, the Study Commission of Jefferson County do hereby certify the existing Plan of Government as established by Section 7-3-111 MCA. In testimony whereof, we set our hands . SEAL Done at / this i *, d. o//9% . ATTEST: R cord r As'� , 1117 , / Clerk & Record r\As essor - _ � � i �� of Jefferson County LL 4a i JEFFERSON COUNTY STUDY COMMISSIONERS 4 CERTIFICATE ESTABLISHING THE AMENDED PLAN OF GOVERNMENT FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY if amended by the voters, the government of Jefferson County shall be organized under the following provisions of 7-3-111, MCA, which authorizes the elected county official form of government . The following certificate reflects the amended form of government with all four proposed amendments . However, the voters will have the choice to adopt all four, any one, combination, or none of the proposed amendments; 7-3-111. Statutory basis for elected county official government. (1) For the purpose of determining the statutory basis of existing units of local government after May 2 , 1977 , each unit of local government organized under the general statutes authorizing the elected county official form of government shall be governed by the following sections: t (a) 7-3-401; (b) 7-3-402 ; (c) 7-3 -412 (3) ; (d) 7-3-413 (1) or (2) ; (e) 7-3-414 (1) ; (f) 7-3 -415 (2) ; (g) 7-3-416 (2) ; (h) 7-3-417 (2) ; (i) 7-3-418; (j ) 7-3-432 (1) ; (k) 7-3-433 (1) ; (1) 7-3-434 (1) ; (m) 7-3 -435 (1) ; (n) 7-3-436 (1) ; (o) 7-3-437 (6) ; (p) 7-3-438 (1) or (6) ; (q) 7-3 -439 (6) ; (r) 7-3-440 (1) or (6) ; (s) 7-3-441 (1) or (6) ; (t) 7-3-442 (6) if the county has not elected (2) This form has terms of 4 years 6-year terms . officials except commissioners who are elected to 6-y The commission consists of three members. These sections establish the following form of government which shall be called the COMMISSION FORM. 7-3-401. Commission form. The commission form consists of an elected commission (which may also be called the council) and other elected officers as provided in this part. All legislative, executive, and administrative powers and duties of the local government not specifically reserved by law or ordinance to other elected officers shall reside in the commission. The commission shall appoint the heads of departments and other employees, except for those appointed by other elected officials. Cities and towns which adopt this form may distribute by ordinance the executive and administrative powers and duties into departments headed by individual commissioners. 7-3-402 . Nature of government. Local governments that adopt this form shall have general government powers. 7-3-412 (3) . Selection of commission members. The commission shal ay tcathe nominated majorityn nomination that mrt preclude electors no no nominated candidates for the majority of the seats on the commission from persons residing in the districts or districts where the majority of the electors reside. 7-3-413 . Type of election. Local government elections shall be conducted on a: (1) partisan basis; or (2) non-partisan basis . 7-3-414 (1) . Chairman of the commission. The chairman of the commission shall be elected by the members of the commission from their own number for a term established by ordinance. 7-3-415 (2) . Administrative assistants. The commission may appoint one or more administrative assistants to assist them in the supervision and operation of the local government. . 7-3-416 (2) . Terms of commission members. Commission members shall be elected for overlapping terms of office. 7-3-417 (2) . Size of commission and community councils. The size of the commission shall be three, and community councils to advise commissioners may be authorized by ordinance. 7-3-418. Terms of elected officials. The term epoftoffice of elected officials may not exceed 4 y earof office for commissioners in counties adopting the form authorized by Article XI, section 3 (2) , of the Montana constitution may not exceed 6 years. Terms of office shall be established when the form is adopted by the voters . 7-3-432 (1) . Legal officer. A legal officer (who may be called the county attorney) shall be elected. 7-3-433 (1) . Law enforcement be elected. enforcement officer elected 7-3-434 (1) . Clerk and recorder. A clerk and recorder shall be elected. 7 -3-435. Clerk of district court. A clerk of district court shall be elected. 7-3-436 (1) . Treasurer. A treasurer shall be elected. 7-3-437 (6) . Surveyor. A surveyor shall not be included in this form as a separate office. 7-3-438 (1) . Superintendent of schools. A superintendent of schools shall be elected; or 7-3-438 (6) . Superintendent of schools. A superintendent of schools shall not be included in this form as a separate office. 7-3-439 (6) . Assessor. An assessor shall not be included in this form as a separate office. 7-3-440 (1) . Coroner. A coroner shall be elected; or 7-3-440 (6) . Coroner. A coroner shall not be included in this form as a separate office. 7-3-441 (1) . Public administrator. A public administrator shall be elected; or 7-3-441 (6) . Public administrator. A public administrator shall not be included in this form as a separate office. 7-3-442 (6) Auditor. An auditor shall not be included in this form as a separate office if the county has not elected an auditor. We, the Study Commission of Jefferson County do hereby certify the Amended Plan of Government as established by Section 7-3-111 MCA, and herein amended. In testimony wh-. -of, we set our hands . SEAL Done at /5 t% 444ay •i /99 . i jA sr ATTEST: Record r\ tA 1 AClerkAs essor _•�� of Jefferson County 44% AP JEFFERSON COUNTY sY COMMISSIONERS 4' CERTIFICATE ESTABLISHING DATE OF SPECIAL ELECTION AT WHICH AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING FORM OF GOVERNMENT SHALL BE PRESENTED TO THE ELECTORS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY The amendments to the existing form of government proposed by the Local Government Study commission shall be submitted to the voters of Jefferson County at a special election to be held with the primary election on June 4, 1996 . We, the Study Commission of Jefferson County do hereby certify that this is the date of the special election approved by the Study Commissioners of Jefferson County. In testimony whereof, we set our hands. Done at t ' $ day of/996 SEAL / rare ATTEST: 0111 x". !st v 4,` CLERK & RECORD'R\A`.. SSOR a ,, OF JEFFERSON COUNTY 9 2276-1? JEFFERSON COUNTY' STUDY COMMISSIONERS CERTIFICATE ESTABLISHING THE OFFICIAL BALLOT FOR THE JUNE 4, 1996, SPECIAL ELECTION Instructions to voters: Please blacken the ovals which express your preferences . OFFICIAL BALLOT BALLOT ON AMENDING THE EXISTING FORM OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT If any one of the proposed amendments to the existing form of government fails to receive a majority of the votes cast on that question, that proposed amendment fails . If any one of the proposed amendments to the existing form of government receives a majority of the votes cast on that question, that amendment is adopted. PLEASE VOTE ON ALL FOUR ISSUES 1. Vote for One. Local government elections : [ ] FOR amending the existing plan of county government to provide for nonpartisan elections as recommended by the Jefferson County Study Commission. [ ] FOR retaining the existing plan of partisan elections. 2 . Vote for One. The office of the County Coroner: [ ] FOR amending the existing plan of county government to combine the office of County Coroner into the office of the Sheriff as recommended by the Jefferson County Study Commission. [ ] FOR retaining the separately elected office of County Coroner. 3 . Vote for One. The office of the County Public Administrator: [ ] FOR amending the existing plan of county government to combine the office of the County Public Administrator into the office of the County Attorney as recommended by the Jefferson County Study Commission. [ ] FOR retaining the separately elected office County Public Administrator. 4. Vote for One. The office of the County Superintendent of Schools: [ ] FOR amending the existing plan of county government to combine the office of the County Superintendent of Schools into the office of the County Clerk and Recorder\Assessor as recommended by the Jefferson County Study Commission. [ ] FOR retaining the separately elected office County Superintendent of Schools . We, the Study Commissioners of Jefferson County do hereby certify that this is the official ballot approved by the Study Commissioners of Jefferson County. In witness whereof we set our hands. SEAL Done at - isG-;t [day of /WC; i i44∎140 ATTEST: & iECto ISE , ��'�i�17".I�:.�� CLERK & RECORDTR\A ESSOR �� . 'a OF JEFFERSON COUNTY ��+L�i�► �� 7/ / JEFFERSON COUNTY STUDY COMMISSIONERS