Onslow County voters to decide on adding commissioners

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Onslow County residents have mixed reviews on the possible restructuring of the Board of Commissioners.

The proposed referendum would add two additional commissioners to the board, bringing the total number up to seven.

The local Republican Party added the issue to the ballot to help with the county workload.

“There are quite a few counties that are our size or even smaller that have seven commissioners,” Buffell said. “There was a lot more responsibilities added to our county commissioners in the past years.”

The Onslow County Democratic Party chairman Mike Morgan said he agreed two more commissioners would help, but he has a different approach.

“We do not agree with seven at large,” said Morgan. “We think that we should have five that are district representatives and possibly two at large.”

Many voters 9OYS spoke with on Friday said they didn’t even know the referendum was on the ballot.

Voter Linda Stround said it did not seem necessary to add more commissioners.

“Five will probably be enough,” said Stroud. “We don’t really need an increase or to increase the spending of the government.”

There are currently six commissioners running for election.

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