The facts don’t support Spa City charter change

first_imgI like voting for factsFact One: Saratoga Springs’ tax rate is the second lowest of any city in New York state. Fact two: Saratoga Springs is one of the financially healthiest cities in New York state, according to the state comptroller.Fact Three: Saratoga Springs is highly rated by both bond agencies, which also complimented our city’s financial management. Fact Four: Saratoga Springs was rated the best city to live in in New York state by an unbiased statistical analysis by Wallethub.com.Fact Five: Saratoga Springs continues to get even better with a new city solar park, new trails and the new downtown parking on Woodlawn. Fact Six: Just five years ago, 58 percent of Saratoga Springs residents recognized that our city is well run and voted to retain the commission form of government rather than change to a similar city manager government.Fact Seven: The charter proposal I just received is incomplete and uses inaccurate assumptions about staffing and costs (presenting an inaccurate financial forecast), which is dangerous for Saratoga Springs. Fact Eight: An unknown, unelected transition group will make the real decisions after we vote. Please read the proposal’s last two paragraphs. It’s not a trustworthy plan. Fact Nine: I’m voting no against throwing out our successful government.Jim ChatfieldSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette: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 motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img