Movement Underway To Increase Mesa County Commissioners From 3 To 5

Mesa County continues to grow and with the population currently nearing 140,000 some residents in the east and west ends of the valley say three county commissioners are not enough to represent the five municipalities. According to Colorado state statue, three commissioners are enough for a population under 70,000, but Mesa County's numbers are well above that and some say it's time for five commissioners.

The mayors of Collbran, Fruita, Debeque and Ppalisade say they would like to see the number of commissioners grow with Mesa County's population. The group says it would like to see a commission of five with five separate districts.

Palisade Mayor Doug Edwards says it has nothing to do with the current commissioners and how they do their job. It is strictly a size issue, but the question of whether or not we need five commissioners can only be answered as a ballot issue and voted on by the people of Mesa County.

The mayors of Collbran, Palisade, Fruita and Debeque are working together to get the nearly 3,500 signatures needed to get this issue on the 2006 ballot.

This issue has been decided by voters twice in the past,once in 1982 and once again in 1994. The four municipalities have until February to collect the thousands of signatures needed to get the issue on the ballot.

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