Letter to the editor: I’m rejecting the Keystone charter, and you should too

Roman Kowalewicz

Well, the judgment day is approaching. No, no, I am not a prophet. Simply, I know the charter vote days are here, which may be the final days of independence for some before an adaptation of new rule.

Since the Keystone incorporation, at this stage, is unstoppable even though 140 magnificent voters fought bravely, I know we simply lost. But now our role is to make sure that incorporation will be the best democratic system that employs all modern tools available and ensures fiscal responsibility.

Reading the current charter proposal, I feel it was drafted from a Google template form since I do not see any individual approach to our resort neighborhood in this initiative. All this standard language is probably bought by all our county towns, and we all witness how this kind of proposed government fails to represent its citizens’ expectations, creating social unrest and protests. We should not follow these steps.

Keystone, as I indicated in my previous letters to the editor, should be a modern and fully democratic town. It should not be ruled by ordinances but by annual referendums on all Keystone citizens’ initiatives.

Keystone should keep its current form of outsourcing security duties to sheriff’s deputies.

The Keystone mayor should be an independent political person who should also obtain duties of town manager, fully paid and controlled by all Keystone citizens.

Every Keystone citizen should be granted a login number and password to be able to vote on all annual referendums.

Each Keystone homeowners association should be granted one vote and have every opportunity to discuss all Keystone-related issues.

This is the political minimum and fiscal responsibility I expect the charter will include. We have plenty of time to do this the right way and not to jump into the muddy pool of mistakes our neighboring towns are exposed to now.

I vote no to the current charter proposal. We can do much better.

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