First of all, many of us Saratoga Springs residents think the city is doing pretty well, especially when we measure it against our neighboring cities and the rest of upstate New York, which is collapsing.
Secondly, the charter changers haven’t defined any goals or a vision for how our city should ultimately look and perform. They also haven’t provided any rationale why Saratoga Springs residents will be better off under a city manager.
They pretty much offer us only a mundane path that follows the legions of New York’s failing cities that already have their proposed layer on layer of bureaucracy.
Ultimately, charter change places a terrible burden on the average citizen with the danger of failure and the certainty of increased government and taxes.
Of course, I’m going to vote no and ask you to also vote no.