Letter: Cape Cod Regional Government

From County Commissioner Ron Beaty


There is again talk about restructuring our Cape Cod Regional Government. 

This most recent flash of brilliance was proposed by the Chatham Delegate to the Barnstable County Legislature, and involves increasing the number of County Commissioners from three to five, while maintaining the 15 member Assembly of Delegates elected from each of our towns. 

Additionally, the proposal calls for electing the hybrid Commissioners from five yet-to-be-defined "districts" instead of Cape-wide, which is the current practice. 

The politically motivated proposal is absolute hogwash. It provides a solution when in fact there is no real problem. 

Our County structure is just fine the way it is. 

When and if problems do occur at the the County level, it is not the structure that is problematic, it is a direct result of individuals elected or appointed to positions.  

Furthermore, the proposal would unnecessarily expand the size of the County bureaucracy when in fact limited government is the best course to follow. 

Additionally, the cost of administering the County would increase by tens of thousands of dollars at a time when we can least afford it. 

Finally, voters presently elect all 3 Commissioners, while the proposal would only allow one to directly represent them from the still undefined "district" they may reside within. 


Barnstable County Commissioner 

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