Walker County Republicans to vote on sole commissioner government

Bebe Heiskell

Walker County, Ga., Republicans now can formally vote on whether they like their current form of government.

The county's Republican party voted Tuesday night to place a nonbinding referendum on the presidential primary ballot next March, asking voters whether they support the sole commissioner style of government. As of 2012, Walker was one of nine counties with that form of government in Georgia, the only state that allows a sole commissioner to operate a county.

Walker County Republican Party Chairman Matt Williamson said about 14 of the 17 party committee members were at the meeting. They voted by acclamation, with no members voting against placing the item on the ballot.

He said members of the party did not bring up the fact that Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell increased the local portion of property taxes by about 64 percent last year, increased that same portion by about 13