Saline County voters officially have a new issue to decide on this November and it could change the makeup of their county commission. They have the option to vote to expand the commission from three to five people.
The county clerk's office approved a petition turned in earlier this month, which needed 1647 signatures. Petition organizers say they hope the additional commissioners will give a broader base to work from and keep people from being bullied from within the commission.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the county commission-- including the handling of their health department, comments when rejecting a birth control grant and a commissioner who used a racial slur when talking about roof repairs.
The approval means the question will be on the ballot in November. Organizers say they are glad to give voters the choice.
“They have options, but also now they have a voice and that's something they didn't realize before that they actually had,” organizer Judy Larson said. “So now they have a voice and they can take some action and make things better"
In addition to that, the county clerk's office is also going through another petition. If that one holds up, Salina voters will decide if they want to remove fluoride from the city's water.