October 20, 2020

Rosy figures don’t add up for charter

first_imgThe Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission (CRC) paints a rosy financial picture in support of charter change, at least until you look carefully at the details.Its report just mailed to city residents shows a savings of almost $400,000 due entirely to eliminating the positions of five deputies, who currently run day-to-day operations of their respective departments.The Review Commission contends that one city manager and one assistant, with no director-level personnel, can perform the work of five deputies and four commissioners and omits costs for personnel who actually do the work. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%center_img CRC’s own example of Watertown illustrates the fallacy of their claims. Watertown has nine director-level positions reporting to its city manager, while none are listed for Saratoga Springs in calculating the economic impact of the change.CRC Chairman Turner was evasive when asked recently who would be running the city departments’ day-to-day operations and whether new hires would be needed.Residents should question what else is missing from the disclosure and what hidden costs may be in store for us.Our city has prospered with our current form of government well beyond the cities the CRC would us like to emulate. Vote no on charter change.David KossSaratoga Springslast_img

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