Charter Review Commission releases draft charter

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> After 10 months of hearing testimonies from current and former city officials, gathering data and hearing from the public, the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission released a draft city charter on Sunday.

The Commission will hold a public forum on Wednesday, March 29 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library Community Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Commission will be making a short presentation on the proposed charter and then open the meeting to feedback from the public on the proposed charter. “We want to hear what the public has to say,” said Commission Chair Bob Turner in the announcement.

The road to this proposed draft has not been without its hiccups. Most recently, the Commission voted to move the charter election to November after hearing criticism over the initial plan for a special election in May.

“We have listened to the general public and elected officials, and they have told us they believe public participation and interest in the charter referendum will be highest in November during the city election,” Turner had said.

Citizens who cannot attend the meeting on March 29 can send their suggestions to the Charter Review Commission via email at saratogaspringscharter@gmail.com.

To view the draft charter, click here.