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Moore Commissioners Hold 1st Meeting Since New Voting Rule Established

Posted October 8, 2002

— Moore County commissioners operated Monday under a new law that requires county commissioners there to approve any action by a 4-to-1 vote instead of a simple majority.

Rep. Richard Morgan, R-Moore, sponsored the bill that was passed by the General Assembly at the request of Michael Holden and Colin McKenzie, who sought the law that would prevent commissioners from making decisions with a simple majority vote.

During Monday's meeting, the new law was not really put into use as all five county commissioners voted unanimously on a variety of topics.

"What I did was try to keep things I thought would be controversial off the agenda. It's no use bringing up things that might cause a problem with some of our commissioners," commissioner Paul Helms said.

"It was awfully boring here today, I guess, that led to what we wanted to accomplish. We didn't want any more surprises. We didn't want any controversial things to be brought up," Holden said.

"In my 40-plus years of public service, I have never anything as underhanded as something like this," commissioner Robert Ewing said.

Commissioners decided to delay any talk about a half-cent tax increase until December.

A lawsuit challenging the voting requirement is expected to be heard later this week.

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