SPARTA, WI (WXOW)—Monroe County Clerk Shelley Bohl has validated 1,900 signatures on the petition for a referendum to reduce the size of the county board.
Only 1,700 were needed for it to make the ballot.
It's an issue that the board itself is divided on, but now it's out of their hands and into the voters.
This Spring, voters will decide whether or not to reduce the Monroe County Board from 24 to 16 Supervisors.
A vote no puts an end to the reduction.
Yes means a committee would redistrict Monroe County and the reductions would start in 2016.
Supervisors Gene Treu, James Rasmussen and Pete Peterson organized the petition in hopes of saving money, increasing the board's efficiency and flexibility.
"Most people intuitively believe that a smaller organization is a more efficient organization and I think when they go to the polls next spring that's the attitude they're going to take in with them," Bruce Humphrey, Chair Monroe County Board said.
Humphrey introduced a similar resolution to the board two years ago; that failed on a 16 to 7 vote.
He hopes since it's up to the voters this time the outcome will be different.
La Crosse County has 29 supervisors with a population of 116,461, according to the U.S. Census.
Right now, Monroe County has 24 supervisors with a population of 45,100.
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