Voters to decide whether to change the Board of Supervisors from 5 to 3
At the November 8, 2016 general election, Linn County voters will decide whether the Linn County Board of Supervisors will remain a five-member board or change back to a three-member board.
The Linn County Board of Supervisors voted to put this question on the November ballot in light of a petition drive to reduce the number of board members.
In November 2006, following a successful citizen-led petition drive calling for a vote on whether to increase the Board of Supervisors from three members to five members, Linn County voters approved a measure increasing the Board of Supervisors from three members to five members. In July 2007, voters then approved changing the form of government of Linn County from at-large supervisors to supervisors by district.
Linn County is currently represented by a five-member Board of Supervisors. Each supervisor must live in his or her district and is elected by residents of the district. This form of government has been in place since January 1, 2009.
If the measure to change the Linn County Board of Supervisors to a three-member board is approved in November, another ballot measure may follow at a later date for voters to decide if the board members will be elected at-large or by district.