How to be Heard on an Issue
Tips on How to Address the Board of County Commissioners
Residents and groups that want to be heard on an official agenda item of a regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners (Board) may do so by following these steps.
A citizen or group may be placed on an official agenda at the request of a County Commissioner. If you or your group wish to bring an issue before the Board, you may request to be placed on an agenda as a citizen's presentation by contacting your County Commissioner.
Please include the subject of the presentation, the name of the presenter, a return address and a contact telephone number.
Any citizen is entitled to speak on any matter appearing on the official agenda under the "Public Hearings" section. On the date of the public hearing, at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the discussion of the agenda item, register with the Office of Agenda Coordination.
On meeting days, the Office of Agenda Coordination's staff will be located at a registration table in the lobby of the Commission Chamber located at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1st Street, 2nd Floor.
As part of the registration, you will be asked to complete the appropriate speaker's card:
- complete the "Information" card if you are only providing information;
- complete the "For" card if you are in favor of the proposed agenda item; or
- complete the "Against" card if you are against the proposed agenda item.
When it is your turn to speak, step up to the podium and say your name and address in a clear voice.
These are just a few guidelines. Get complete information in the County Commission's Rules of Procedure.
Tips for Large Groups
If multiple members of a group will be participating in a public hearing, save time by downloading and printing out the for, against, and speaker information cards in advance. Bring the completed cards with you the day of the meeting and hand them in to staff at the registration table.
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