What other forms did you consider?

The Commission considered all the standard forms of government including the council-city administrator form. Under such a system the day-to-day operation of the city would be run by a professional but unelected administrator accountable to the council but not the people. The mayor would go back to being just like one of the council people. The Commission determined this would represent a throwback to the previous structure of the late 20th Century and not in the long term interest of the city.

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1. Why was the charter commission started? What was its goal?
2. What has the Commission done prior to making its recommendations?
3. Will the charter changes solve our problems?
4. What is a strong vs. weak mayor? What do we have right now?
5. What other forms did you consider?
6. How will the mayor’s role change under the proposed system?
7. Why make the mayor full-time?
8. Why create a ninth council member? What powers will they have?
9. Why make the ninth council member the presiding officer? Why not let the council people pick their own chair?
10. Isn’t it the Mayor’s job to represent all the wards? Why create another position?
11. What do you say to people who say the council chair will always from the 4th or 8th ward?
12. Won’t this cost us more money which we don’t have?
13. We want less government not more?