SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> The Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission is holding the first of three “Meet the Manager” nights on Monday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the H. Dutcher Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library.
The event will feature a short presentation by Matt Horn, the city manager of Geneva, New York. He will then answer questions from the public.
“I think this is a great opportunity for voters to hear for themselves what a city manager does and ask the hard questions,” Laura Chodos said in a news release.
Commission Chair Bob Turner said, “The Charter Review Committee is committed to providing citizens with as much information as possible and educating the public about how the proposed council manager system would work.”
Voters can email questions for the city managers in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event will also be livestreamed on the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission facebook page and a video will be available on the city website at a later date.
Under the proposed charter, the mayor and city council approves the budget, determines the tax rate and focuses on the community’s goals, major projects, and such long-term considerations as community growth, land use development, capital improvement plans, capital financing, and strategic planning. The council would hire a highly trained, non partisan, professional city manager to carry out these policies with an emphasis on effective, efficient, and equitable service delivery, the release said.
Managers would serve at the pleasure of the governing body and can be fired by a majority of the council. Under the proposed charter, the city council would hire the city manager. The city manager would replace the deputy commissioners as the day-to-day operations manager of the city.
The measure to change the charter will be on the Nov. 7 ballot.