Voters will decide on the issue during a referendum in the general election.
A poll of Frederick County citizens finds many leaning in favor of adopting charter government. The survey conducted by Opinion Works of Annapolis found that when voters are informed about charter government, many support it. The percentage of supporters goes up from 27% to 47%, and opposition drops form 44% to 34%.
The survey of 601 citizens was conducted in June, 2012.
"Once voters are informed about what charter government is, they tend to support it," says Jason Stanczyk with Charter Yes.
If it's adopted during the general election, charter government would set up a county executive and a county council. The executive would be an administrator, while the council would have legislative duties. "In the poll, the voters believed a county executive would benefit Frederick. Over 50% of voters believe that a county executive would set clear priorities and run the county more efficiently through good management," Stanczyk says.
In the past, opponents of charter have said it would put too much power into the hands of one person. the county executive. But Stanczyk says the checks and balances in the charter would prevent neither the executive nor the council from having too much power.
Stanczyk and other supporters have been going around the county, talking to citizens and getting them informed on the charter issue. So how to they react when it comes to charter government, Stanczyk was asked. "When we go out in the community, and talk to people about charter, and, again, telling them the difference, what we will be able to do, have a more efficient government then we have now, it is very favorable," he says.
Frederick County voters were presented with a charter form of government in 1991, and turned it down.