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Carolina Shores residents exercising their rights

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

When Carolina Shores commissioners decided recently to change the town’s form of government from mayor-council to council-manager, the decision didn’t sit well with some residents. Rather than accept the change some say they don’t want, some residents decided to take action.

Resident Joe Lowry researched North Carolina General Statutes and found out citizens had the right to seek out residents’ signatures for a petition that could force the town to have a referendum about the future of its form of government.

If signature collectors can garner 10 percent of the town’s 2, 714 registered voters, the town will be required to put the ordinance to a vote of the people, according to G.S. 160A-103. A special election must take place within 60 to 120 days after the town receives the petition with the required number of petitions.

After Lowry researched the law, other citizens came on board and formed Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores. Many of these residents have been going door-to-door over the last two weeks to solicit signatures on the petition.

If they’re successful, citizens will have a chance to vote on the town’s future. But even if they don’t collect the total number of signatures needed, these residents are already winners.

They have decided not to sit idly by and let government lead them; instead they are taking charge and making sure their elected officials know they’re holding them accountable and paying attention to everything they’re doing.

It’s exciting to see citizens getting involved in government, especially when they’re making responsible, educated decisions.

We wish citizens luck in their endeavor and look forward to seeing how this turns out in the end.

The most responsible government is one regularly held accountable by its citizens.