Spa City will be hurt by charter change

first_imgSaratoga Springs isn’t a textbook case. It’s extraordinary, unlike any other cities in New York. The commission tried attempting to sell voters a bill of goods on flawed research while ignoring the mayor’s inactions.Atlantic City is a prime example of where the new proposed form of government has failed. Once an elegant, seasonal tourist destination with a race track, ocean and white sandy beach, it had politicians promote a charter change from commissioner-run to hiring a manager. The last 30 years is its regrettable history.Over our last 30 years, Saratoga Springs has successfully blossomed into a year-round tourist destination. The success of the City Center has and will continue to expand our city’s growth potential and increase our tax base.Vote to keep our current charter. Then qualified residents will promote serving with continued success.Dan MurphySaratoga Springs According to the Saratoga Springs Charter Commission, the purpose behind adopting a new charter is based on the premise that the Saratoga Springs community will eventually fail in its ability to have competent, interested residents willing to serve as commissioners.Voters, weighing the differences between the new vs. the current charter, should be insulted by negative thinkers, believing that no resident is sufficiently competent to achieve the learning curve to be a commissioner and to want to serve and to preserve our heritage.Hiring a stranger to dictate the future of our unique community is wrong. Having elections implicates politics, even more so with a city manager.The new charter proposes to increase government, decrease benefits, and reduce the budget. Trusted financial advisers to the city disagree and say it will increase taxes. They challenged the commission on failing to factor in hidden costs. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%last_img

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