The arguments against a proposed Clark County charter sound familiar and well-rehearsed.
• Clark County currently enjoys a clean, efficient government.
• The freeholders left no way for citizens to revoke home rule if they don’t like it.
• Increasing from three to five county commissioners is unwise. … Will adding two more people improve the county commissioners’ decisions or rulings and improve services to the citizens?
• A district system for Clark County would almost certainly result in competition and conflict between districts.
• Since county commissioners have both legislative and executive duties, creating such parochialism would be destructive. … Districts also actually reduce your representation.
Surely you have heard these arguments — assuming you have been paying attention. But the interesting part is that each of the quotes above comes from the 2002 Voters’ Pamphlet, reflecting the discussion the last time voters considered home rule for Clark County.