On Nov. 4, Suffolk voters will be asked to tidy up the county charter.
Proposition No. 4 will ask them whether to combine the offices of county comptroller and treasurer.
Proposition No. 5 will ask them to settle a long running court fight by endorsing an agreement between the county and environmental groups.
Needless to say, the ballot language explaining all this can be very confusing.
But to cut through it, voters should consider that by combining two departments that deal with the county’s financial affairs, Suffolk should improve their administration, and, perhaps, save some money.
The environmental proposition–which is quite convoluted–sets limits on the amount of money that the county can borrow from excess funds set aside to subsidize sewers. It also asks voters to set aside $29.4 million in new borrowing to protect groundwater.
The best part of this deal is that it finally settles a long running and needlessly costly court fight over whether old charter language approved many years ago permits or forbids all this.
So in the interest of clarifying language about how Suffolk manages its financial affairs and borrows money, we would recommend voters say yes to both charter changes.