Oct 1, 2018 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Bigger City Council on ballot; learn more in Saratoga Springs Oct. 3

Changes to Saratoga Springs city government are on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Would Saratoga Springs be better served by a bigger City Council?

Voters will be asked on the November ballot whether to expand the council from five to seven members, among other changes. This isn’t as huge as last year’s vote on whether to totally replace the form of government. But the proposals are significant.

A public meeting is set for this Wednesday, Oct. 3 to learn more about proposed changes that will be on the ballot Nov. 6. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in Saratoga Springs Public Library.

I can think of pros and cons about the proposal to add two council members who will serve only as legislators, which their five colleagues would continue to be responsible for specific departments. However, I am going to reserve my opinions until after I’ve heard more about the proposal and the reasoning behind them.

The presenter will be City Attorney Vince DeLeonardis, who was appointed chairman of the 2018 Charter Review Commission.

Wednesday’s meeting is being hosted by the group that opposed the wholesale change in government that last year voters rejected by a mere 10 votes. The event is intended as an informational session. I hope people come to learn what the items on the ballot contain and what they might mean for the city.

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