Anne Borg and Sue Flicop, co-presidents of the League of Women Voters of Newton, wrote a column in this week’s TAB* in about the league’s signature drive to create a ballot question about whether Newton should set up a charter commission to review the city charter. If the league collects the necessary 8,400 signatures, this question would go to the voters at the next municipal election. At the same time, the nine representatives for the commission are selected by voters.
First and foremost: Kudos to the League of Women Voters of Newton for trying to make this happen. There have been so many conversations about charter review over the past several years, and it’s good to see a well-organized effort behind the mission.
There’s a lot to discuss here. I’m sure there are people on this blog who can tell stories about the last charter commission. Can the league collect enough signatures to make this happen in time for the March 12 override vote, assuming the board approves said vote? (If not, it would be on the 2013 ballot and each voter could potentially vote for 35 people for elected positions in the city of Newton!).
Most importantly, does the charter need reform?
* This post has been updated to include a link to the column.