Charter Commission public hearing to be held March 15, 7:00 p.m.

The Charter Commission, which has been reviewing the City of Newton's charter since last year, will hold a public hearing about its preliminary report on March 15, at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers, second floor, Newton City Hall. Click here to see the complete charter and the Commission's preliminary report.  http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/81018

Here are some highlights of the Commission's recommendations. 

- Make the city council a 12-member body, with

  • 8 members elected by the entire population, residing in each of the 8 wards
  • 4 members elected at large that would run in a pool, with the top 4 vote getters being elected

- Extend the term limits that already exist for the school committee to the rest of Newton's elected officials, as follows:

  • School Committee - Keep the current 8-year term limit 
  • City Council - New 16-year term limit
  • Mayor - New 12-year term limit

- Require multiple member bodies to allow for reasonable public comment periods

- Update Newton's financial and administrative procedures

- Collect and review salary data for elected officials in comparable cities

Click here for more in-depth documentation on all of the Charter Commission's proposals.

The deadline for submission of the Commission’s final report to the public is May 3.

To ask questions or give feedback, email the Commission at chartercommission@newtonma.gov.