"Saratoga Works" opposes city charter change | WNYT.com

"Saratoga Works" opposes city charter change

Emily Burkhard
Created: August 19, 2020 09:59 PM

Saratoga Springs residents gathered in Congress Park Wednesday evening to show support for the city’s current government infrastructure.

Voters will decide whether to change the city charter this November. If passed, the referendum would make the city administration a ward-based system. Different commissioners currently operate it.

The ward-based mode would break the city up into six wards with representatives elected every two years.

This is the third time in eight years activists have tried to get the city government layout changed. advocates said constituents are able to share concerns with one point of contact and the move would streamline government services.

Opponents with Saratoga Works said it does nothing but pit neighborhoods against each other. They're also alleging it will cost the city more money.

"Abolishing and setting up a new government is expensive, disruptive and challenging under the best of circumstances,” Jane Weihe. “Why would we want to do it imagine this doing it during a pandemic and in the midst of probably the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression."

A representative for the group pushing the charter change was not available for an interview Wednesday evening.

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