city charter review

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The estimated financial savings of a proposed city charter change in Saratoga Springs have been disputed between supporters and opponents. This week, the city’s Charter Review Commission plans to approve and release more details on the document.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen says from an outside perspective, the city is doing great.

“We have all these wonderful venues, our economic vitality is strong, our summer looks promising, and new businesses are opening all the time and people are investing in Saratoga Springs, and it’s on the right track for so many reasons. But there are improvements that we can make within City Hall, and how the city functions and does business,” said Yepsen.

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts is now operating under a new charter.

Tuesday’s elections in Pittsfield, Massachusetts will include a new proposed city charter, city council races and the current mayor running unopposed.

Voting Booth Next Step for Pittsfield City Charter

Aug 23, 2013

When Pittsfield residents head to the voting booths in November, there will be an item on the ballot voters haven’t seen in the city in more than 80 years.

At a recent legislative hearing, Pittsfield’s plan for a new city charter was given a favorable recommendation by a group of Massachusetts lawmakers.

Among those who testified to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government Tuesday in support of a bill that would allow Pittsfield to pursue a new city charter were State Senator Benjamin Downing, State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, State Representative Paul Mark, and Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi.