Put Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 7:00 p.m. on your
calendar to attend a public hearing at the Clinton County Courthouse, 100 E.
State Street, St. Johns where Commissioners and staff will discuss absorbing
the Register of Deeds (ROD) with the County Clerk's Office.
Residents during this
election year, will be hearing more political rhetoric creating the illusion of
efficient government. With little or no
expected cost savings, it is unclear how consolidation will benefit Clinton
County. I expect to hear this merger
will have no negative effects on our land records system. Mega departments normally lack management,
accountability, and responsiveness of direct government. If they eliminate an elected office, our
Commissioners have zero accountability to voters through dealing only with
budgets, not department performance.
One consequence is less oversight of MERS (Mortgage
Electronic Registration System), Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other big business
who attempt to exploit the land records system for their advantage. Weakening the ROD office leaves you and your
land records increasingly vulnerable to abuse.
Please attend this one-time chance to stop this
unjustified maneuver to weaken our local government. If you are unable to attend, contact your
county commissioner asking for accountability in removing an independent
elected office that is accountable directly to
Clinton County citizens.
Clinton County Board of Commissioners
David Pohl – 989-593-2688, firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Martin – 989-834-2644, email@example.com
Bruce DeLong – 989-224-3431, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Enderle – 517-669-9355, email@example.com
Robert Showers – 517-669-3732, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Clover Adams – 517-323-2604, email@example.com
Adam Stacey – 517-339-6919, firstname.lastname@example.org
This opinion is written by Marie E. Howe who is solely
responsible and absolves the Clinton County Democratic Party from any
responsibility to the contents. Thank