Sutter County Formation of a Charter Commission, Measure R (June 2008)

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A County of Sutter County Charter Ordinance, Measure R ballot question was on the June 3, 2008 ballot in Sutter County, California, where it was defeated.

If Measure R had been approved, it would have created an elective 15-person charter commission to propose a charter for the county.

Election results

Measure R
Defeatedd No8,63163.94%
Yes 4,868 36.06%
These final, certified, election results are from the Sutter County elections office.


Ron Southard and others formed an organization, the Sutter Charter Committee, in June 2007 to collect signatures to place the measure on the ballot. They needed 2,395 valid signatures; they collected and submitted a little more than 4,000, and elections officials determined that 3,322 of the signatures were valid.

Charter supporters argued that increases in pension benefits for county employees going back to 2004, not obtaining an analysis of the impacts of pension increases, backlogs in road repairs, and delays in obtaining levee funding meant that change is needed.


Barbara LeVake was an opponent of Measure R. She said, "This will do nothing to improve job development, economic development. It will do nothing to improve public safety. It will do nothing to improve flood control. In fact, it may very well pull dollars from the county budget in order to fund the implementation of this charter."

In general, opponents of R believed in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" view of things, and in their view at that time, Sutter County government wasn't broken.

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