Business Force claims victory with Charter Review reforms.
By Jacob Engels
The Orange County Charter Review Commission yesterday unanimously approved a series of important reforms that will safeguard the local citizen initiative process from out-of-state special interests. These reforms will bring greater transparency, clarity and fairness to the citizen initiative process according to Bussiness Force’s executive director Robert Agrusa.
“We cannot afford for our local government to be infected by the gridlock that grips Washington, D.C. The citizen initiative reforms were necessary to guard our community against DC-based special interest groups that target our region to push a divisive national political agenda,” said Robert Agrusa, Executive Director of Business Force.
“Regardless of political affiliation, ideology or background, the bi-partisan Commission unanimously repudiated DC-based special interests attempts to rewrite our governing document, the County Charter. The Commission voted to ensure that the citizen initiative process be just that, a process by which Orange County citizens can amend the Charter,” said Robert Agrusa, Executive Director of Business Force.
Proposed changes were debated over a nine month period that included 14 public meetings.
“Through a slow and deliberate process that included debate and compromise from all the members of the working group, the Charter Review Commission forged consensus around tested, common sense reforms. The final vote is indicative of great pains taken throughout the entire process to weigh and balance concerns from the entire community. I appreciate the due diligence of the volunteer commission, and thank them for their service to our community,” said Agrusa.
Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org