So as you cast the ballot for your candidates of choice for federal and state offices, please do not forget to also indicate your choices in the last two columns. That is where the candidates for registrar of voters, and your opportunity to vote “yes” or “no” on charter revision, will appear.
Should you vote “yes” on Charter Revision? Or would you want to stay the course with the old charter? Simply put, a “Yes” vote sets in motion changes to the way we have operated for the past 30 years. Among other things, it is based on the premise that all the people of Weston should be given a chance to vote on our municipal budgets privately.
Considering that the old charter already permits referenda, you might ask why this particular change is important.
Our Board of Selectmen recognized unrest, after two straight years of community revolt. They took it as a sign that enough people were concerned about the escalation of the school budget, in particular, that something had to be done. The result was charter revision.
It probably is time to recognize that some people are intimidated by the pro-schools lobby; thus the need for a mandatory “secret ballot.” And thus the mandated referendum that is provided for in the proposed new charter, for a vote on the budgets that are given preliminary approval at ATBM.
It probably is a good thing to give the Board of Finance more power, as the new charter proposes. And to accompany that with the change in length of term from six to four years. This means that there will always be a contest for that most important board in local election years.
However, I would have opposed the new charter in an overall “yes” or “no” vote had not the Charter Revision Commission changed its mind about taking away the town clerk’s independence. In the new charter, town clerk is still an elected position. This makes it possible for me to vote “yes” on Tuesday.
I can’t think of any better way to celebrate the election finally being over than to have a non-partisan party!
The League of Women Voters invites all Westonites to attend a “Town Affairs Update” Saturday morning, Nov. 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room. And, to join us for lunch after the meeting, in the Daugherty Commission Room.
After hearing updates from the first selectman, superintendent of schools, Board of Finance, Lachat Oversight Committee, and the former co-chairman of the Charter Revision Commission, we should all be ready to face the upcoming budget season.
The public in attendance will of course be invited to ask questions, after the first round of presentations by the panel. Ask our guests whatever is on your mind that is within their areas of responsibility.
An old league saying is that “Democracy is not a spectator sport.” Please join us for this special opportunity to hear from many of our key local public officials, as well as for the lunch. And consider joining the LWV of Weston. Men as well as women are members!