Respect Asotin County to turn in Home Rule petition on Monday

ASOTIN, WA - Respect Asotin County, a citizen's advocacy group, will turn in 1,133 signatures to the Asotin County Auditor Monday.

Their hope is to get the Home Rule issue on the general election ballot in the fall. Chairman of Respect Asotin County, Rick Rogers, said Home Rule would establish a group of freeholders, unpaid citizen volunteers, to work alongside the county commissioners. He said their purpose would be to create a charter for the commissioners to help hold officials accountable and transparent.

"The bottom line is that they don't have any accountability," said Rogers. "Our ultimate goal is to get initiative and referendum rights for the county citizens."

Rogers said the City of Clarkston gives their citizens the right to put initiatives and referendums on the ballot, so county citizens should have that right as well. The group made a similar drive in 2011, however incorrect language of the petition kept it off the ballot at the last minute