By Michael Pope
Spearheaded by the firefighters union and the Republican Party, the effort to change the form of government in Arlington would have created a system of districts in the county and moved several duties of the appointed county manager to the elected County Board members.
But the effort failed, according to County Registrar Linda Lindberg. Out of the 16,000 signatures submitted, Lindberg says, 11,000 were valid; that's about 3,000 signatures short of the threshold.
In a written statement, the group seeking the measure said that even though the referendum won't be on the ballot, the thousands of valid signatures that WERE collected are an indication that many people in Arlington are unhappy with how the county government is structured.