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Klamath Charter Plan

Klamath Charter PlanKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Klamath Falls woman’s plan to make county commissioners a part time job and to hire an administrator is getting a cold shoulder from the board of commissioners.

Kate Marquez says it’s time to let the voters decide the issue and so she was hoping commissioners would put the charter measure on the May ballot. Her plan would cut commissioners salaries and benefits by three fourths, and use part of that savings to hire an administrator for about $200,000 a year.

“It does not mean that it will necessarily be without stumbles along the way. But I think it’s worth taking to the voters and see what their choice will be,” said Charter Advocate Kate Marquez

Commissioners tossed cold water on that idea, saying they think a ballot measure should go through the petition process, not from them. They also say cutting their pay to $24,000 a year would barely pay their gas costs and would discourage candidates from serving from outlying areas of Klamath County.