MEDIA ADVISORY

Results of first-ever city employees survey on the Saratoga Springs charter to be released

Charter Review Commission to vote on motion to draft new charter

Saratoga Springs – On Tuesday evening, the Charter Review Commission will review results of the first-ever survey of City Hall employees about how well city government functions and how the Charter can be improved.  The Commission will then consider its next steps, including a motion on whether to draft a charter with an alternative form of government to the current ‘Commission’ form.

WHEN:          Tuesday, December 13, 2016

TIME:             7-9pm (Public Comment 7-7:15)

PLACE:         City Hall, 474 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Under the current charter, Saratoga Springs is mandated to form a commission to review the City Charter every ten years.  In June, the Mayor and City Council appointed 15 volunteers to the Commission.  It will propose such revisions or amendments as the Commission may deem appropriate, make a report to the public, and submit any such revisions or amendments to the electors of the city at a public referendum.

The Commission has been meeting frequently to study how well the current charter is meeting the needs of the City. Over the past six months, it has conducted interviews with 18 former and current Commission members, nine department heads or directors, six mayors and city managers from other cities, and members of the 2001 Charter Review Commission; held a town meeting, conducted a survey of City Council Candidates, a survey of City Hall employees, reviewed charters from several other upstate cities, and met with community stakeholders.

Recommendations by the commission to revise the current charter or change the form of government would have to be approved by the voters.

The meeting will be webcast live at this link:

http://www.saratoga-springs.org/AgendaCenter

 Contact                 Beth Wurtmann (518)321-4607, Minita Sanghvi (336)210-3258

E-Mail                   saratogaspringscharter@gmail.com

Website:               https://saratogacharter.com/