Kelly supports better Spa City government

first_imgCharter change is prominent in Saratoga’s mayoral election. Each candidate is asked where they stand.Mark Baker has come out against the proposed change to a council-manager government. He cites responsibility and accountability being “sorely absent” in the November ballot proposal.Meg Kelly, deputy mayor, says there is significant dysfunction in City Hall. Processes are broken, egos reign and morale is poor. She feels so strongly about charter change she’s even putting a charter link on her website so voters can become informed.The proposed charter brings us into the 21st Century, like the 500 American cities that have abandoned our “commission” form of government, run by five independent politicians whose qualifications are left to voters to decide.Mr. Baker cringes at the concept of a professional city manager solely answerable to an elected City Council who holds the manager responsible and accountable for his or her actions? What did he do as CEO of the City Center? Didn’t he report to a board? Our commissioner of finance is accountable to no one. He prefers this?Ms. Kelly is not hindered by contradictions. She just wants what’s best for Saratoga.Jeff AltamariSaratoga SpringsThe writer is a member of the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

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