That’s a shame. I suspect that parochial interests prevailed here.
WEST BEND — Elected leaders here on Wednesday shot down a proposed government reform effort that would have replaced an appointed administrator with an executive leader who would have been elected from across Washington County.
But the decision was close.
Thirteen of the county’s 26 board members voted against a measure they said felt rushed and ill-timed — and that they worried would have had monumental impacts on the county’s government.
The board’s remaining 13 members supported a move they’d argued would have enabled Washington County to absorb expected population and commercial growth.
But the measure required a majority, and the 13-to-13 tie defeated the resolution.