Residents in Amsterdam rejected changes to the way the city handles its finances in a referendum Tuesday.
City Clerk Susan Alibozek said 377 ballots were cast against the proposed changes to the City Charter, with 196 in support.
The proposal was two-pronged. First, the city would have turned the controller's position from an elected to appointed job. Second, the Budget Review Board would have been eliminated, with the mayor instead compiling a proposed budget for consideration by the Common Council.
Amsterdam Mayor Anne Thane had pushed for the elected controller, saying the critical position should be filled by an experienced municipal accountant — not in a popularity contest where the only qualification is to be 18 and a city resident.
The changes to the budget development process would have put a balanced budget before the Common Council to start with, rather than a series of budget requests from department heads, thus speeding up the process.