SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Critics of the proposed Saratoga Springs City Charter are questioning a non-partisan voter group’s decision to endorse the plan being put before voters in November.
At its first meeting of this month, the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County announced its support for the charter referendum, which would change Saratoga Springs’ commission form of government to a city manager-council form. The League does not endorse individuals seeking public office but has taken positions on issues in the past.
“I am very upset with what the League has done by endorsing this proposal. They have not studied the new proposal that will be on the ballot,” said Karen Klotz, a member of Saratogians United to Continue the Charter Essential for Saratoga’s Success, a group opposing the charter referendum. “What they have studied is a general proposal for a separation of powers administrative and executive. That’s fine, but that’s not what we are voting on in Saratoga Springs this November. What we are voting on is a city manager form of government.”
The League began a study of local governments in Saratoga County in May 2015. In April 2017 the board members reached a consensus on a position on the importance to have a clear separation of powers in city and county government.
The Charter Review Commission, meanwhile, adopted a proposed charter this year, which is on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.
During summer, the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County doesn’t meet, but the proposed charter was sent to the board…
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