As time goes on, more and more quirks with the new town charter are emerging. It’s a little ironic that in trying to correct some ambiguities and issues in the old charter, others were inadvertently created — although it’s inevitable given the complexity of the document.
It’s important to note the Charter Revision Commission was not remiss in its duties when it created the new charter last year. It was a process based on compromise and bipartisan cooperation the likes of which put our state and federal government to shame. No one believed the end result was perfect — usually a good sign that all viewpoints were taken into consideration — but it was and still is a vast improvement over the old, outdated charter, and for the most part it protects the rights and voices of all Westonites.
It’s been said many times before: Democracy is messy. It takes work, but, in the long run, it works. That’s the beauty and the frustration of our system of government.
But it’s not necessary to live in squalor — it’s possible to tidy up certain aspects of the charter so there are fewer questions, problems, and concerns, so this fantastically frustrating legislative gem sparkles just a bit more.
Clarify the quorum procedures at the ATBM — or, better yet, ditch the quorum requirement all together. What hasn’t even been discussed is the fact that 2% of “qualified voters” at a budget vote is not the same thing as 2% of registered voters. Trying to figure out exactly how many people may not be registered voters but can vote on the budget because of their property holdings in town just for the sake of being able figure out how many people are needed to possibly maybe lower a part of the budget is silly, a waste of time, and probably impossible.
And so, let charter revision begin … again.